Traditional Sweet Dumplings Recipe

Traditional Sweet Dumplings, also known as Souskleitjies.

Old-fashioned cinnamon dumplings to die for

Sweet dumplings, also known as ‘souskluitjies’ is a traditional South African dessert.

Traditional Sweet Dumplings Recipe

Traditional Sweet Dumplings, also known as Souskleitjies.

This recipe is just what we need right now: It is the ultimate comfort food for lockdown and winter. 

This recipe is a family favourite that goes way back in time. It is quick and easy to make and super delicious when served warm. 

Old-fashioned Dumplings Recipe (Souskluitjies)

4 from 8 votes
Recipe by Irene Muller Course: DessertCuisine: South AfricanDifficulty: Easy
Prep time


Cooking time



6 – 8

Total time




  • 1 1/2 cups flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • pinch salt

  • 3/4 cup butter

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • water

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 stick cinnamon

  • sugar and cinnamon mixed in a bowl

  • 1/2 cup melted butter


  • Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together.
  • Using your fingertips, lightly rub the butter into the flour until it has the consistency of crumbs.
  • Beat the Eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Fold the beaten eggs mixture in the flour mix lightly with a wooden spoon.
  • In a medium stainless saucepan, add water, +- 5cm deep, salt, and cinnamon and bring water to boiling point.
  • Spoon the dough into the boiling water using two tablespoons, about ¾ full, just to make it easier. Cover and simmer on low heat for 12 minutes, taking care that the mixture does not boil over. Just regulate the temperature so that it is simmering at a slow heat, without peeping too often (do not worry, it will be fine!).
  • Remove the dumplings with a slotted spoon and arrange 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 butter.
  • Repeat the process until you have used all the dough.
  • Serve warm or cold.

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