"Amerikaner/ Americans" or "The Girls are Baking"

by Kirsten on January 12, 2011 · 18 comments

in Cakes & Sweets, Desserts, German Dishes, Misc. Sweets


My daughter and her friend treated us with these delightful baked goodies one day during Christmas vacation. “Amerikaner” is a very common black and white cookie in Germany. They are available at most bakeries and I haven’t met a child yet, that didn’t love to eat “Amerikaner”. They have a very light vanilla flavored crumb and the chocolate/ sugar glaze adds just the perfect sweetness.

Bring your kids in the kitchen for some baking with these irresistible cookies we Germans call “Americans”.

Amerikaner/ Americans
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: German
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Cook time:
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  • ⅓ cup 2 Tablespoons (100 g) butter
  • ½ cup (100 g) sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 package vanilla pudding powder (Dr. Oetker)
  • 2 cup 1½ Tablespoons (250 g) flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • * melted chocolate
  • * sugar icing
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon pad.
  2. Mix together pudding powder, flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Beat the butter on medium to high speed in a kitchen machine until light and fluffy. Add the sugars and beat for about 4 minutes. Mix in the eggs one at a time. Add the flour mixture on low speed and beat just until combined. Don't over mix!
  4. Put smaller equally sized heaps of dough on the baking sheet. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Let the cookies cool and glaze with chocolate and sugar icing.

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Traudel Baughman January 21, 2013 at 10:06 am

Thanks for all the recepie. sI have just discovered how easy it is to make Amerikaner. And everybody loves them. Quite amazing.
I just learned from a baker friend in Germany that they use not baking powder but Pottasche. What is Pottasche in English?
And , please, where does the name orignate????? Because they are black and white?
Does anyone know?

Kirsten January 21, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Pottasche = Kaliumcarbonat (pottasium carbonate; US recipes usually call for “baking soda” or “carbonate of ammonia”)
Happy Baking. Kirsten

Die andere Seite January 17, 2011 at 3:28 am

Ohhhh… ich liebe dieses Gebaeck, meine ehemaligen Arbeitskollegen haben immer mit dem Kopf geschuettelt, wenn ich schon morgens gleich 2 fruehstueckstellergrosse Amerikaner verdrueckt habe. Eine meiner ehemaligen Kollegin im Februar zu Besuch, da ist es dann ja schon fast ein MUSS!!! Vielen DANK fuer die "zuckersuesse" Erinnerung und das Rezept!!! ;0)
GLG Maren

Stella January 15, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Awe, I used to eat these all the time, Kirsten. Yours look really great. Yum Yum!

lena January 15, 2011 at 12:08 am

looks great! children would love this especially:)

Nuts about food January 14, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Looks like a NY black and white cookie! Your daughter did a great job!

uebernteich January 13, 2011 at 8:34 pm

2 eggs were perfect!
They didn't even make it to cool down and get some icing and chocolate on them 🙁

Emily Malloy January 13, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Ooo I love these!

Seeing cookies like this always remind me of Seinfeld 🙂

uebernteich January 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Hm… I think you forgot to mention how many eggs go in there 🙂
We're standing in the kitchen, butter is beat, flour is prepared and it says "add one egg at a time"
Yikes! One at a time of how many??? This i get for not reading the recipe before starting. Guess I google now 🙂

scrambledhenfruit January 13, 2011 at 4:29 am

Can you believe I've never had a black and white cookie? These look really scrumptious! 🙂

My Kitchen in the Rockies January 12, 2011 at 7:20 pm

@Barbara: No laughing, this is serious business! You know that my hidden goal with this blog is to convert people to measuring in grams. I believe that one day all of the US will be so happy to throw out all these unnecessary measuring cups (who wants to clean them anyways, if you can measure it must quicker, easier and more accurately), they just don't know yet.

Barbara | VinoLuciStyle January 12, 2011 at 6:44 pm

I hope you'll forgive a bit of a giggle at the 'American' cookies with the European measure! I am so glad I recently got a scale with capabilities for both; makes a recipe like yours so much easier to figure!

I'm wondering if these are close to the Black and White cookies so often found at bakeries; I love them!

blackbookkitchendiaries January 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm

these cookies are just so cute and looks very tempting:) thank you for sharing this.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window January 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm

In the cookie recipe box these will go. They look yummy and not a laundry list of ingredients.

Chele January 12, 2011 at 4:42 pm

They look great and I love that they are easy enough for kids to make too ;0)

Cookin' Up Dreams January 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm

These are so cute and so few ingredients! …my kind of baking 🙂

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) January 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

Aw, looks like your daughter has inherited your love of baking. These Amerikaners look really yummy. I've never heard of them, but they look very elegant.

Carlos January 12, 2011 at 4:31 am

OK, so school are closed due to the big snow we got Monday morning. My kids asked me to give them a secret ingredient for them to prepare something to eat tomorrow. I think rather than giving them a secret ingredient, I am going to give them this recipe. Fun for the kids and mom and dad get to eat a treat! 🙂

Thanks for the recipe K!

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