South African soetkoekies in the shape of stars and hearts with colourful decorations in blue, white and pink on wire rack

South African soetkoekies Photo by Jonathan Meyer: https://www.pexels.com/photo/variety-of-assorted-designed-cookies-752499/

South African soetkoekies: Sugar cookies, just like ouma used to make

The school holidays are here and baking cookies is a nostalgic way to spend time with the kids. Our South African soetkoekies are just like you remember when grandma used to make them.

South African soetkoekies in the shape of stars and hearts with colourful decorations in blue, white and pink on wire rack

South African soetkoekies Photo by Jonathan Meyer: https://www.pexels.com/photo/variety-of-assorted-designed-cookies-752499/

Do you remember staying with granny when it was school holidays? How about baking tasty cookies and biscuits together and enjoying the company and amazing spells around the house. A real classic, South African soetkoekies, sweet cookies or sugar cookies, whatever you want to call them, is here to bring back that nostalgia.

These cookies are easy to make, buttery, sweet and the perfect opportunity to test out your decoration skills.

South African soetkoekies tips

The best part about baking is that, other than the basics, you can be as creative as you want with shapes, flavours and decorations. These cookies can be covered your favourite icing designs, shapes and even candy toppings like sprinkles or jelly sweets. Cookies are great for any occasion because they can be decorated for any holiday or event. They are sweet, buttery and melt in your mouth.

The school holidays are here and baking cookies is a nostalgic way to spend time with the kids. Our South African soetkoekies are just like you remember.

South African soetkoekies recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Louise Liebenberg Course: SnackCuisine: South AfricanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

100+

cookies
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Total time

30

minutes

Ingredients

  • 250 g butter, room temperature

  • 600 g sugar

  • 5 large eggs

  • 825 g cake flour, measured unsifted)

  • 30 ml baking powder

  • 10 ml ground nutmeg

  • 2 ml salt

  • To paint the biscuits:
  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 25 ml milk

  • extra sugar for decorating

Method

  • 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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