I made black and white cookies in honor of the upcoming Macy's parade in New York City. Like I said yesterday, my Thanksgiving has always begun watching the Macy's parade, eating breakfast, and smelling the turkey baking. Watching the parade as a child, made me crave a visit to NY City, and visiting once made me crave another, and so on...and so forth. I understand (clearly) NY City has a clear personality outside of Thanksgiving and the parade...and this cookie, but Thanksgiving will always remind me of NY City, and New York City always reminds me of B&W cookies, pizza, and pastrami sandwiches. This week in Hoosier's cupcake contest...Thanksgiving cupcakes is the theme...and, well, this is it for me. I could have made turkey legs, pie cupcakes, or turkeys faces, but...my mind likes to wander off on tangents. Thanksgiving=Pilgrims, Turkey, and NY City's parade. I figured it would be safest to make B&W cupcakes to represent the parade's route, though a littlerye pastrami filled cupcake, or a float cupcake could always make it's way to my blog someday. One of my friends (originally from NY, who told me about her love of B&W cookies) has a fall birthday, and I decided to make her a box of B&W cookies, and B& W cupcakes in honor of this treat she missed. I blogged my cookie recipe yesterday. I even made some baby cookies for her baby girl, and then I boxed 'em up, added some news paper decoration things....I don't know why....newspaper print screams NY too, I need to get out more.
As far as the cupcakes go....I just used a yellow cupcake mix. I added 1 t. of lemon to the batter for an 'authetic' black and white cookie flavor. I'm not huge on lemon flavor, but you can certainly add more. I used the same icing recipe, and process I used for icing these cupcakes (posted yesterday).
I let 'em dry, boxed 'em up, and made a native New Yorker a little less....or more...homesick for a moment.