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Black and White Checkerboard Cookies

Posted By Lynne On July 10, 2011 @ 8:57 pm In Cookies, Desserts and Pastry | 30 Comments

I have been thinking about making cookies for about a week, because I have been craving a sweet little treat and we had nothing dessert-like in the house. I didn’t feel like making your standard drop cookies either. I wanted to make something special, something different, intriguing and unusual. Something that would elicit a “How in the heck did you do that?” response. Well, I think these cookies fit that description to a tee. It was so much fun to follow the various steps and see those neat little checkerboards appear at the end. And they taste so good, too. Yummy.

The vanilla and chocolate dough are each rolled out into an 8×12-inch rectangle. One is painted with beaten egg whites and the other dough rectangle is placed on top. This is then cut in half into two 6×8-inch rectangles. Which, again, is painted with egg white and the other half placed on top, creating a four layer block of dough.

The four layer block of dough is sliced into 3/8-inch slices. These are brushed with egg white and four are stacked together.

Each slice is turned over so the dark squares alternate and the end looks like a checkerboard. The remaining slices are formed into four layer stacks and wrapped in plastic wrap.

Then they are chilled for several hours and up to three days. Or frozen for future use.

Each stack is sliced into ¼-inch slices. I think these look so… cool!

The dough slices make an excellent pattern on the cookie sheet.

And then there are beautiful little goodies to eat and share.  This is the best part.
Oh yes.

Black and White Checkerboard Cookies

Makes about 100 cookies

350 degrees F. 9-11 minutes

1 batch Vanilla Cookie dough (recipe below)

1 batch Chocolate Cookie dough (recipe below)

1 egg white, beaten, for sticking layers of dough together

2 cookie sheets with 2 sheets parchment cut to fit sheets

1. Unwrap the Vanilla Cookie dough and roll it out on a floured parchment sheet on work surface into an 8×12-inch rectangle about 3/8-inch thick with square corners. Slide dough on parchment onto a cookie sheet, cover securely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes until firm again. Do the same with the Chocolate Cookie dough.

2. Place the unwrapped vanilla dough on parchment on your work surface. Paint with the egg white and place the chocolate dough on top, parchment side up. Place a cookie sheet on the stack and gently push down so the two layers stick together.

3. Cut the dough rectangle in half through the parchment so you have two 8×6-inch rectangles. Paint the top of one rectangle with egg white and put the second rectangle on top so the four layers are alternating black and white. Press gently with pan to help stick together. With a sharp knife, trim the four sides so they are straight and square. Wrap and chill for several hours, keeping the corners square.

4. Place unwrapped dough stack on cutting board with the 8-inch side facing you. With a sharp knife, cut the 6-inch side into sixteen 3/8-inch-thick slices.

5. Place one striped slice on the cutting board and brush it with egg white. Turn the next slice over and place it on top of the first slice so the stripes are alternating in color. Repeat two more times so there are four layers with alternating colors and the end looks like a checkerboard.

6. Make three more stacks with four slices each. Wrap each stack in plastic wrap and gently press each side with the pan to square it. Refrigerate on cookie sheet for several hours or freeze for future use.

7. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F with racks in upper and lower thirds of the oven.

8. Slice the cookies ¼-inch thick, turning the stack after each cut so it doesn’t become flat from the knife pressing down.

9. Place cookies on parchment covered pans one inch apart and bake for 9 to 11 minutes until firm to the touch. Slide the parchment with the cookies onto a rack or countertop to cool. Store in one layer between parchment in air-tight container.

Vanilla Cookie Dough

Ingredients

12 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter
½ cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk (reserve egg white for brushing)
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1. In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar and salt with a fork until well mixed, light colored and fluffy, about 2 minutes, then beat in the vanilla and egg yolk. Keep beating until very smooth, about 2 more minutes.

2. Scrape the bowl and beat in the flour. Cover and chill the egg white until needed.

3. Scrape dough from the bowl onto a lightly floured work surface and press into a 1-inch-thick square. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill until firm, several hours or up to 3 days.

Chocolate Cookie Dough

Ingredients

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder (Dutch process), sifted after measuring
½ teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg

1. In a bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Stir well with a whisk to mix.

2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar with a fork until well mixed and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

3. Beat in the vanilla and egg until the mixture is very smooth, about 2 minutes longer.

4. Mix in the flour mixture until well combined.

5. Form the dough into a ball and press into a 1-inch-thick square. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill until firm, several hours or up to 3 days.

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