Souskluitjies: Delicious dessert that makes your miss your grandma. Image: Supplied.

Souskluitjies recipe – The way grandma used to make them

Revisit Granny’s kitchen with this mouth-watering souskluitjies recipe. You’ll be tempted to bring out this recipe whenever you see the signs of cold weather.


Souskluitjies: Delicious dessert that makes your miss your grandma. Image: Supplied.

The delicious aroma of certain foods brings back nostalgic childhood memories. The cinnamony smell of souskluitjies is one of them. It reminds of grandma’s kitchen on a cold winter’s day.

This recipe is a quick and easy way to whip up authentic souskluitjies. Within 30 minutes, your kitchen will be consumed with the delicious flavour of this traditional dessert.

These souskluitjies are best when they are freshly made and still piping hot, but they can also be reheated the next day and should still hold their nostalgic magic!

Enjoy these old fashioned dumplings with cinnamon and sugar when the rain is pouring relentlessly and the wind howling around the corners of your house. Don’t forget the roaring fire in the fireplace and you are all set for a cosy evening. Comfort food at its best!

Souskluitjies recipe

4 from 11 votes
Recipe by Irene Muller Course: DessertCuisine: South AfricanDifficulty: Easy
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  • cups flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • pinch of salt

  • ¾ cup butter

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • water

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 stick cinnamon

  • sugar and cinnamon mixed in bowl to sprinkle

  • ½ cup butter, melted


  • Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together.
  • With your fingers rub in the butter into the flour until it looks like crumbs.
  • Beat the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Mix the beaten eggs to the flour mixture. Make sure to use a spoon and mix lightly.
  • Add water in a saucepan about 5 cm deep and the salt and cinnamon, bring to boil.
  • Spoon teaspoons of the dough into the boiling water. You can add all the dough.
  • Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes and cover. Take care that the mixture does not boil over. Just regulate the temperature so that it is simmering very slowly, without peeping too often!
  • Remove the dumplings with a slotted spoon and arrange them in a serving dish.
  • Sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar (you will need more than you think, because the batter is not sweetened) and drizzle with the melted butter.
  • Let it stand for 5 minutes to give the sugar some time to melt, then serve at once.


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