Österliche Mini-Amerikaner

Easter Mini Amerikaner

Nobody really knows for sure why these German cookies are called Americans, but one story is that these traditional German dome shaped cookies were first introduced in New York by a Bavarian immigrant baker. A different version says that the Germans changed the name of the cookie from Ammonia to Amerikaner because in the 50ties the GIs loved this German pastry so much.

Easter Mini Amerikaner

Angela Schofield
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Cookies
Cuisine German
Servings 12



  • 14 tbsp. butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 package vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 tbsp. milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder


  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Easter sugar decorations optional


  • Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  • Add butter, sugar, salt and vanilla extract to a bowl and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually mix in the eggs and beat for about 5 – 10 min.
  • In the meantime, blend vanilla pudding mix, flour and baking powder in a bowl.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture and the milk to the dough.
  • With two table spoons or a cookie scoop place batter on the parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Flatten slightly with a wet spoon.
  • Bake for about 15 min. on 375 F.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • Mix powdered sugar, water and lemon juice and glaze the cookies on the flat side.
  • Decorate with Easter sugar decorations.