Old-fashioned Soetkoekies

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Old-fashioned soetkoekies: Great holiday baking ahead

If you remember the days of grandma’s favourite baking recipes, you’ll walk in her footsteps when you make these old-fashioned soetkoekies.

Old-fashioned Soetkoekies

Image: Salvelio Meyer

The holidays are the perfect time for baking. Not only do you have loads of visiting friends, you’ll also have the kids at home and trying to think of family gifts. If you enjoy a bit of old-school baking these old-fashioned soetkoekies are easy to make and perfect for the holidays. With a bit of holiday spice, these cookies are great as gift tins and very good with your favourite cup of coffee or tea when you’ve got more time with friends.

Old-fashioned soetkoekies tips

There’s a reason they say something sells like soetkoek. When people try these for the first time, they’ll be gone before you know it. So, we suggest making a few batches. If you have kids going to school, you’ll know that these cookies are also great for bake sales. You can make them into any shape or thickness and decorate them for events with chocolatee, sprinkles, coconut or vanilla glaze.

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If you remember the days of grandma’s favourite baking recipes, you’ll walk in her footsteps when you make these old-fashioned soetkoekies.

Last updated on 29 December 2022

Old-fashioned soetkoekies recipe

4 from 7 votes
Recipe by Louise Liebenberg Course: SnackCuisine: South AfricanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 250 g 250 butter, room temperature

  • 600 g 600 sugar

  • 5 large 5 eggs

  • 825 g 825 cake flour, measured unsifted)

  • 30 ml 30 baking powder

  • 10 ml 10 ground nutmeg

  • 2 ml 2 salt

  • To paint the biscuits:
  • 1 1 egg, beaten

  • 25 ml 25 milk

  • extra sugar for decorating


  • Cream butter, sugar and the five eggs together. Sift together cake flour, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Mix sifted ingredients with butter mixture until a fairly soft dough is formed.
  • Cover and allow to rest for half an hour. 
  • Preheat oven to 200°C. Lightly grease baking trays or use a non-stick spray. 
  • Roll out dough thinly on a surface dusted with flour. Cut out circles, 4 to 5cm in diameter, using a cookie cutter. 
  • Place dough circles slightly apart on baking sheets. Mix beaten egg and milk, and lightly paint over biscuits. Sprinkle a little sugar in the centre of each biscuit for decoration. 
  • Bake biscuits for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly and place on a wire rack to cool completely. 
  • Store in an airtight container.

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