"amerikaner" (German Vanilla Biscuit)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

This famous sweet biscuit literally translates into American, referring to the GIs baking this biscuit in Germany after WW II. It has a fluffy soft texture and a wonderfully vanilla taste. Typically it is covered with a lemon icing (and I will give that option here), but I like it way better without. So do as you please. :)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
  2. In a big bowl cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Little by little add the milk and the eggs.
  3. In a second bowl mix flour, baking powder and starch. Add to the butter-mixture and stirr in until just blended.
  4. Using 2 tablespoons drop 6 heaps of dough onto each paper-lined baking sheet (you will need 2). Make sure to leave enough space in between the heaps as dough will spread during baking.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire-rack and allow to cool.
  6. If using the glaze stir together icing sugar and lemon juice and spread this onto the even side of the Amerikaner.
  7. Idea: For children you can spread the curved side of the biscuit with a chocolate icing and stick slivered almonds into them to make them appear like little hedgehogs. :).
Most Helpful

I grew up eating these as a child in Germany, long before the end of WW2. So these have nothing to do with Gis in Germany! :-) I am glad to see this recipe though and will try and review them later. we could also buy them with a chocolate icing.

Koechin (Chef) April 07, 2009

2nd attempt, and still very flat, any suggestions?

dave.cosmo1 April 05, 2015

DH loved these...I loved the fact that the recipe didn't make dozens of cookies...in fact I cut the recipe in half and got 6 nice cookies for him...he loves to eat them with his coffee...I did take a tiny bite just to see...these are yummy and not overly sweet...I also omitted the icing...very easy to prepare...thanks for posting...:)

teresas November 13, 2011