German Cookies - My top 7!
Before I reveal my best German Cookies to you, I'd like to talk about one particular brand called "Leibniz", made by the Bahlsen company of Hannover. It's no coincidence that all 3 of my favorite German cookies (Kekse) are made by Bahlsen.
Bahlsen is a well known cookie manufacturer with a long history in the industry, having been in this business for over a century now. You'll find many delicious "Kekse" and "Kuchen" all bearing the well respected German brand name of Leibniz. Just see for yourself:
Without further ado, here are my choices of the top 7 German cookies.
1. Bahlsen Leibniz Butter Biscuits
Adhering closely to the philosophy that less is more, the Leibniz Butterkeks is perhaps the simplest cookie Germany has to offer. It is its very simplicity that makes it so beloved. Its pronounced butter flavor is allowed to take center stage and shine. The Leibniz Butterkeks is the first cookie I recall tasting, like so many others growing up in Germany. It is unbelievably delicious dunked in hot chocolate.
The design of this iconic German cookie is as simple as it is readily identifiable, with its serrated edges and the words "LEIBNIZ BUTTERKEKS" stamped on it. It is essentially a German take on the French Petite Buerre cookie, and is generally just called a Leibniz in Germany. The Bahlsen company has been baking them since 1891 in Hanover, when Bahlsen was just a small bakery with a mere 10 employees.
2. Choco Leibniz Milk Chocolate
The Choco Leibniz is uniquely constructed in a process involving filling molds with chocolate then just as the chocolate is beginning to set dropping the afore mentioned Leibniz Keks. The result is a biscuit that has a frill of chocolate and a very finely detailed chocolate relief.
Obviously the thing to do first when eating one of these German cookies is to remove the frill of chocolate with your teeth. After doing so, the cookie can be held without getting chocolate all over one's hands.
Bahlsen Afrika are thin, delicate wafers coated in a delicious, rich dark chocolate. The marriage of high quality chocolate with the delicious wafer cookie is a happy one indeed. These make an elegant dessert often served at dinner parties. They are especially good when served chilled.
4. Griesson Soft Cake Orange
(Orange Fruit-filled Cookies)
Orange fruit filling on a soft, cake-like cookie with a rich dark chocolate coating. This is truly a wonderful combination. The soft, spongy cookie creates a delicious and light base for the orange filling. This German cookie pairs beautifully with a cup of coffee.
5. DeBeukelaer Prinzen Rolle Chocolate Filled Cookies
Seducing chocolate cream sandwiched between 2 crispy butter cookies. Each cookie is as large as the palm of your hand. The package stands over 11 inches high and counts 17 cookies.
In this special case De Beukelaer beats out Bahlsen's offerings, the Prinzenrolle cookies being far superior to Bahlsen's Hit Cookies.
6. Wolf Cookies
Wolf Cookies do not look quite like you would expect a cookie to look. The "Chocolate Kiss" is a sort of half confection, half cookie comprised of a waffle base, a foam center made of egg whites and a chocolate coating.
There are a lot of different Mohrenkopf variations around, some made with white chocolate, some with milk or coffee chocolate and yet others covered with coconuts. And of course, nearly every German cookie manufacturer creates a version of this German delight.
My personal favorite happens to be The Wolf Topkuss Choco. The Schokokuss is also called a Mohrenkopf or a Negerkuss. Germans consume over 1 billion "Schokoküsse" per year, with the average child in Germany consuming about 100 of them annually.
German children also eat them as a sort of sandwich between 2 halves of a bread roll which they call "Matschbrötchen", "Datschweck" or "Schokokussbrötchen".
7. Chocolate Chip Cookie –
American Style from Lidl
Made by the German discounter Lidl, this chocolate chip cookie is a type of cookie immediately familiar even to the American cookie lover. It is a favorite not only for me but among most cookie connoisseurs in Germany.
They are also a fantastic bargain; you get far more taste than you pay for. While other brands of chocolate chip cookies are available on the market, and are generally quite delicious, a package of those will cost you at least 2 Euro (3 USD) or more. However, a package of chocolate chip cookies from Lidl can be bought for less than 1 Euro (USD 1.50). These are a must if you have a sweet tooth like me!
We invite to decide for yourself.
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