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"amerikaner" (German Vanilla Biscuit)

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“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. :)”
12 biscuits

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. :).

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