Soetkoekies {Recipe}

December 6, 2012 by post tags
The taste of these old-fashioned sweet buttery biscuits take me straight back to my childhood home in Stellenbosch, where I baked several batches of these each year before our annual Christmas holiday in Keurboomstrand.They are delicately spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon, and they’re just heavenly dipped in warm tea.Soetkoekies are traditional Afrikaans biscuits, especially loved by older generations in SA. There are hundreds of different recipes available (same with melktert and koeksisters), some even containing soft lard and sweet wine.

 I found this beautiful recipe many years ago in a magazine when I was about 12 years old, then cut it out and stuck it in my Mother’s recipe book. At the time I didn’t consider that I might write about it 23 years later,  so the cut-out doesn’t contain the name of the magazine! That means that I unfortunately cannot credit the original source.

These cookies keep very well in airtight containers for several weeks.


  • 250 g butter (at room temperature)
  • 750 ml sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 825 g cake flour
  • 30 ml baking powder
  • 10 ml ground nutmeg
  • 5 ml ground cinnamon
  • 2.5 ml salt
  • 100 ml milk
  • extra sugar (for sprinkling)


  • Step 1

    In a large bowl using electric beaters, beat butter with  sugar and eggs until light and fluffy – about 5 minutes.
  • Step 2

    In another large bowl, sieve flour, baking powder, spices and salt together.
  • Step 3

    Add butter mixture to dry ingredients, and mix to form a soft dough.
  • Step 4

    On a well-floured surface, roll out small batches of dough at a time, sprinkling more flour on top of the dough if necessary (the dough can be quite soft and sticky). Press out circles with a cookie cutter, then arrange on a lined/greased baking tray, with at least 2cm of space between each cookie.
  • Step 5

    Bake for 8-10 minutes until pale and slightly golden (not too dark), remove from oven and cool on wire rStore in an airtight container – it keeps well for several weeks.

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7 Responses to “Soetkoekies {Recipe}”

  1. Abracadacraft December 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    So nice ! I’ve pinned it on our board “Fée pas le régime..” on our Pinterest.

  2. Ingrid December 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    How many cookies does this recipe make?

  3. Little Miss Linguistics December 7, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Ilse, what temperature must you preheat your oven to?

  4. Marike December 7, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    Ilse, where did you get the glass jar?? So beautiful!

    • Ria December 19, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

      Hierdie resep werk nie! By jou bestandele noem jy melk. By die byvoeging noem jy niks van melk nie. Hierdie deeg is so pap, jy kan dit nie uitrol nie, gebruik omtrent net so baie meel om op die oppervlak te gebruik. Sal hierdie resep v niemand aanbeveel nie!

  5. Lanette December 8, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    really want to make these, but can’t find the oven temperature?

    • Natalie February 11, 2015 at 11:32 am #

      180 deg


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