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{amerikaner (americans) recipe}

amerikaner (americans) recipe from {nifty thrifty things}

These cookies are delicious! In the US they are mostly known as "Black and White cookies", "Half-Moons" or "half-and-halfs", but here in Germany they're called Amerikaner - Americans.

There are different theories of how they ended up with the name Amerikaner. One of which is that the cookies where brought to Germany by GIs after WWII - hence the name Amerikaner.

According to It is known that New York City has the same cookies called "Black and Whites" and they might first have traveled to the US with Jewish immigrants before traveling back to Germany. In the last decades they have dropped the chocolate glaze in favor of an all white glaze. {source}

amerikaner (americans) recipe from {nifty thrifty things}

amerikaner (americans) recipe from {nifty thrifty things}


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{amerikaner (americans) recipe}


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These cookies are delicious! In the US they are mostly known as "Black and White cookies", "Half-Moons" or "half-and-halfs", but …


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • a little vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 package vanilla pudding powder (Dr. Oetker)
  • 4 tbsp. milk
  • 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • hot water


  1. Preheat oven to 320°F (160°C) and line two baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Beat the butter with sugar, vanilla and salt until creamy. Add the eggs one by one, beating each for about 30 seconds.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder and pudding powder. Alternate between the flour mix and milk and add to the batter. The batter will be fairly solid.
  4. Place small heaps of dough onto the baking sheets, leaving a gap in between each portion.
  5. Use your (wet) hands to form ovals out of each portion and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. While the cookies are baking, mix up the powdered sugar with a few tablespoons of hot water and stir until smooth. You don't want it too runny or it will run off the sides of the cookie.
  7. Apply the icing to the flat side of the cookies while they're still warm and fresh out of the oven.
  8. If you'd like, you can decorate with sprinkles. Otherwise, let the cookies cool before serving.
  9. Enjoy! ;)

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    Tuesday September 10th, 2013 at 02:12 PM

    wie auch immer man sie nennen mag, für mich sind es leckere kleine verführer, die ich jetzt gerne vernaschen würde!
    übrigens, nicht backen ohne mutti! ;-))
    kuss mama

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    Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique
    Wednesday September 11th, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    They look delicious!!

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    Thursday September 12th, 2013 at 09:25 AM

    These look so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing! Home For Handmade

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    Thursday September 12th, 2013 at 04:01 PM

    That is such a sweet story behind the cookie recipe! :) They look yummy, too!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday September 14th, 2013 at 09:20 PM

      Thank you so much for your sweet words, Ginger! :)
      I hope you’re having a great weekend!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Donna Wilkes
    Sunday September 15th, 2013 at 03:13 AM

    This is an interesting history of black and whites. I have had them before, but never attempted to bake them.

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    Shannah @ Just Us Four
    Monday September 16th, 2013 at 05:21 PM

    That story is so interesting! I never knew that it was the reason behind them!

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    Tuesday September 17th, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    ohh my! these look soo delicious

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    Leigh Anne Wilkes @Your Homebased Mom
    Tuesday September 17th, 2013 at 04:34 PM

    I believe that every recipe has a story to tell and I love the story behind this one. They look delicious too!

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    Maple Trueheart
    Tuesday September 17th, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    You’re so called Americans are looking so small and cute. When I was a child they were my favourite sweet food besides Sachertorte. But I haven’t had them for a long time. Maybe I should make them next time.

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Thursday September 19th, 2013 at 08:10 PM

      I actually made smaller versions of the Americans, so I could bring some for my co-workers without having to make a whoole lot of batter, hehe.
      I actually love the small ones! ;)
      Let me know if you try them.
      Have a great week!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Sunday September 22nd, 2013 at 08:08 PM

    Wow, I haven’t had Amerikaner since I was a kid. I liked the icing and usually ate the top first, and then *somehow* the last little bit was always too dry for me… :)

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Tuesday September 24th, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      Haha, so hab ich sie auch immer gegessen! :)
      Und damit das mit dem trockenen Boden nicht passiert, habe ich mich kurzerhand entschieden eine Miniatur-Variante to backen. Die sind ruck-zuck im Mund verschwunden. Hehe
      Ich wünsche Dir einen schönen Abend!
      GlG, Vanessa

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