March 11, 2011

eating my way through nyc | crumbs bake shop | upper west side

“Nothing mixes better than vanilla and chocolate.”                — Jerry Seinfeld

After hearing my friend Eric gush about the magic of black and white cookies after a trip to the city, I knew I had to mark these oh-so-New York treats off my to-eat list.

After a long night out on the town and a too-early morning, my BGF Caro and I were strolling about her neighborhood with my other two buddies Jen and George from D.C. when we stumbled upon Crumbs Bake Shop. Crumbs is known for its colossal cupcakes fit for a king (or maybe three really hungry girls). As beautiful as the cupcake display was, when I spotted the black and white cookies, I knew I had to try one.

crumbs mini black and white cookies

{I wish I would have gotten a pound of cookies to take home — but maybe it's a good idea I didn't.}

The black and white cookies were probably the smallest dessert item available and more acceptable to eat while walking down the street at 10 a.m. compared to the colossal cupcake. :) Nevermind the fact that the appeal of a black and white cookie is that they are actually tiny, smashed cakes with a layer of decadent vanilla and chocolate icing. The “cookie” had an airy, cake-like consistency — almost similar to a fluffy pancake — topped with a sweet layer of vanilla and chocolate icing. I couldn’t stop raving about it as we walked down the snowy sidewalk that cold morning.

Even though I didn’t throw down $22 for a pound of black and white cookies to go, I may be able to satisfy my New York cookie cravings with Dean & Deluca’s take on black and white cookies — and if I get really ambitious, I may enlist the teacher man in helping me and Martha in the kitchen as I try to recreate this oh-so-New York dessert experience.

Are there any independent bakeries in the Midwest that offer New York-style — or their own take on New York-style — black and white cookies? I’d love to know about them. What other regional desserts should I try? Tell me about them in the comments section.

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