"amerikaner" (German Vanilla Biscuit)

"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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Ready In:
12 biscuits




  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
  • In a big bowl cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Little by little add the milk and the eggs.
  • In a second bowl mix flour, baking powder and starch. Add to the butter-mixture and stirr in until just blended.
  • 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.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire-rack and allow to cool.
  • If using the glaze stir together icing sugar and lemon juice and spread this onto the even side of the Amerikaner.
  • 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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  1. Koechin Chef
    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.
  2. dave.cosmo1
    2nd attempt, and still very flat, any suggestions?
  3. teresas
    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...:)
  4. Starrynews
    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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