Amerikaner cookies

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These cookies were something my Oma would make when I was growing up.  It’s one of the few recipes that I actually have of hers.  I even remember when she was baby-sitting for me, she would make them for my boys.  I’ve made them a few times (although the first time I actually made them I made them wrong – this happens when “someone” gives you incorrect instructions).

These are more like a cake than a cookie and you glaze the under side of the cookie.  Most people would know these as a “Black & White Cookie”, as you can glaze them with chocolate and/or white icing.

 

Amerikaner:

(Makes approx. 20 – 1 Tbsp. of dough each)

 

Dough:

100 gr. margarine (or softened butter)

100 gr. sugar

1 pkg. Dr. Oetker vanilla-sugar

2 eggs

pinch of salt

1 pkg. vanilla pudding mix – instant  (If you can find the German Dr. Oetker vanilla or cream pudding mix – use that)

3 Tbsp. cold milk

250 gr. flour

9 gr. baking powder

Milk – to brush while baking (approx. 2 Tbsp.)

 

Glaze:

100 gr. powdered sugar

1 to 2 Tbsp. water or milk

or

100 gr. powdered sugar

15 gr. cocoa

1 to 2 Tbsp. water or milk

 

Preheat oven to 375°F

For the Dough:

  1. Beat the butter/margarine until fluffy (approx. 3 minutes).
  2. In a small bowl mix together the sugar, vanilla-sugar, salt and pudding powder to combine.  Add to butter/margarine.
  3. Add in eggs, 1 at a time.
  4. Add in milk to combine.
  5. Mix together flour and baking powder (you can sift, but I just use a whisk to combine) and add to butter/sugar/egg mixture.  **This should be a very stiff dough – if not stiff enough add more flour, 1 Tbsp. at a time until you get a stiff dough.
  6. Scoop out onto a parchment lined baking sheet (you can use 2 spoons for this – or a scoop – just depends o what you have).  I used a 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) sized scoop and got 20 cookies out of this.
  7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.  **After 10 minutes of baking – brush the cookies with milk and rotate the pans.

Glaze:

  1. While the cookies are cooling slightly, mix together to the powdered sugar and water/milk, until smooth and not overly runny.  Glaze the bottom (flat) side of the cookies and allow the glaze to set.
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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Love Amerikaner!
    When you buy them round here (Southern Germany) or make them yourself, they’re actually not cookie-sized. They’re more something like 7″ diameter.
    The idea to make cookies is actually not bad. It’s a more manageable size that way. I’ll have to remember that for next time.

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    1. That’s how my Oma used to make them, they were huge. I just cannot imagine making them the size of my hand.

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      1. I know, I keep looking at mine…
        The little baker’s shop in the village sells Amerikaner. I go there with my little girl nearly every day and she’s never been tempted by them. She usually goes for donuts…
        I so want to try Amerikaner cookies now! But it’s midnight so that’ll have to wait.

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      2. They’re really easy to make and the recipe doesn’t make that many, so it’s like there will be a pile of them laying around. You could also make different glazes for them and make them all different.

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      3. That’s an interesting idea with the different glazes but I think I’d stick to the taditional black and / or white.
        Still haven’t made any though… 🙂

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