South African Soetkoekies

Soetkoekies are a traditional Afrikaans sweet biscuits and are very popular in South Africa. There are hundreds of recipes available for soetkoekies but this is the recipe I use and, I must say, my family love them.



1500 ml (6 cups) cake flour;

750 ml (3 cups) brown sugar;

3 lightly beaten eggs;

350 grams unsalted butter;

1/2 teaspoon salt;

30 ml (2 tablespoons) baking powder;

10 ml cream of tartar;

1/2 teaspoon ginger;

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon;

1/2 teaspoon cloves;

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg;

125 ml good red wine


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Melt butter on low in the microwave oven and mix with the flour and the sugar until it resembles bread crumbs. Add in the beaten eggs and then the remaining dry ingredients. Add the red wine and mix well. Roll the mixture into balls and flatten with your palm. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.


Soetkoekies are most delicious when eaten with a lovely hot cup of tea.

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