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How to make German Schmalzgebäck

German Schmalzgebäck

Similar to American doughnuts, this very popular German Schmalzgebäck is fried and dusted with powdered sugar.
Course Dessert
Cuisine German
Keyword Schmalzgebäck
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 50 pieces
Calories 290kcal
Author Our Gabled Home
Cost $9


  • 5 oz milk, warm
  • 3 ½ TBSP butter
  • 2 ¾ cups flour
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 3 TBSP sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla sugar or vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 quart lard or other frying oil


  • In a medium bowl or the bowl of a standmixer, combine the very warm milk, butter, flour, yeast, sugar, vanilla sugar, salt, and the egg.
  • Either using the standmixer with the dough hook attached, a handheld mixer, or your hands knead the dough for at least 5 minutes.
  • If the dough is too wet, add enough flour to make a uniform dough that does not stick to the bowl.
  • Let the dough rise until visibly increased in size (30 - 60 minutes).
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough.With a knife or pizza wheel, cut out squares or any shape you like.
  • In a pot, heat about 1 quart of lard to about 325˚F.
  • In small batches, fry the the squares until golden-brown on both sides.
  • With a slotted spoon, transfer the Schmalzgebäck to a cooling rack covered with paper towels.
  • Dust liberally with powdered sugar.
  • This German Schmalzgebäck is best when eaten fresh and hot.