Black and White Cookies – Amerikaner
Black and White Cookies are called “Amerikaner” in Germany. They are easy to make and a great treat at children’s birthday parties. The decorations on these Black and White Cookies can be themed for your party.
Ingredients for Black and White Cookies:
- 100 g (3.5 oz) of soft butter (room temperature)
- 100 g (3.5 oz) of sugar
- 1 pouch of vanilla sugar OR 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 2 eggs, XL
- 1 pouch of vanilla pudding OR 1 package of Jell-o Vanilla Cook & Serve Pudding & Pie Filling
- 250 g (8.8 oz) of all-purpose flour
- 1 pouch of baking powder OR 3 teaspoons of baking powder
- 3 tablespoons of milk
- 60 g (2 oz) of white chocolate
- 60 g (2 oz) of dark chocolate 100% cacao
- 1 bag of Mini M&M’s
Use a handheld mixer to beat the soft butter. Add sugar, vanilla sugar or vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Mix well. Add the eggs and mix again until creamy.
Note: Make sure that all the ingredients have the same temperature so that your batter doesn’t curdle.
Mix the vanilla pudding powder, flour, and baking powder, and add it to your batter. Pour the milk on top and mix until smooth. Fill the batter in a decorating bag using a tip with a wide opening or just take two tablespoons to place the batter (about 5 cm — 2 inches in diameter) on a baking sheet covered with baking paper. Form and flatten the batter gently with a knife.
Preheat your oven to 190°C (375°F). Place the cookies on the middle rack and let them bake for about 12–15 minutes. Take them out and let them cool down on a cooling rack. Heat up your chocolate in a bain-marie.
Note: I like to use a silicone insert which makes it easy to get all the unused hardened chocolate out.
Brush the melted chocolate onto the cookies. Make sure to stick the M&M’s on while the chocolate is still liquid. The dark chocolate will melt smoothly, but you may need to add a knife-tip of shortening to the white chocolate to make it smoother.
Let the chocolate harden and the cookies are done. Feel free to decorate however you like.