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    "amerikaner" (German Vanilla Biscuit)

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    Lalaloula's Note:

    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. :)

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    1. 1
      Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
    2. 2
      In a big bowl cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Little by little add the milk and the eggs.
    3. 3
      In a second bowl mix flour, baking powder and starch. Add to the butter-mixture and stirr in until just blended.
    4. 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. 5
      Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire-rack and allow to cool.
    6. 6
      If using the glaze stir together icing sugar and lemon juice and spread this onto the even side of the Amerikaner.
    7. 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. :).

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    • on April 07, 2009

      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.

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    • on November 13, 2011


      DH loved these...I loved the fact that the recipe didn't make dozens of 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...:)

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    • on April 05, 2009


      Delicious - excellent vanilla flavor! I did not use the icing. I loved the fluffy texture. Thanks for sharing! Made for PAC Spring '09

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    Nutritional Facts for "amerikaner" (German Vanilla Biscuit)

    Serving Size: 1 (825 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 233.0
    Calories from Fat 70
    Total Fat 7.8 g
    Saturated Fat 4.6 g
    Cholesterol 49.5 mg
    Sodium 134.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 38.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
    Sugars 24.2 g
    Protein 3.0 g

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