German black and white cookies called “Amerikaner” in German are often served at celebrations like Carnival, New Year’s Eve or Easter.
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 during World War II brought it back with them to America.
How are Cookies called in German?
Cookies are called “Kekse” or “Plätzchen” in Germany.
How to pronounce “Kekse”?
Listen to this audio file to hear how to say “Kekse” in German.
How to make German Easter Amerikaner Cookies Video Tutorial
Authentic German Easter Cookies Recipe
- 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.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g