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I remember as a little boy, every December holiday we would pack the caravan and for two weeks go camping in Port Elizabeth. With my dad being a farmer, we could not go away on far trips for holidays because he had to be in travelling distance from the farm to make sure that the crop, those days it was tomatoes, gets to picked, packed and to the market.
To make a long story short, the most fun we had in preparing for the holiday was to get the cookie tins filled up a freshly baked cookies. My mom pulled out all the stop’s for the holiday baking, it was coffee cookies, custard cookies, romany creams, ginger cookies, rusks and my dads favourite, the sugar cookie.
The aroma of these cookies brings back childhood memories. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
If you plan to decorate them with royal icing, bake them plain as in the recipe. Otherwise, you can paint them with egg was and sprinkle some sugar over just before they go into the oven.
Outydse Soetkoekies / Sugar Cookies
1 hour, 15 minutes
1 hour, 30 minutes
- 225g Cake Flour (1 ½ cups)
- 100g Sugar (½ cup)
- 5ml Baking Powder
- Optional: 5ml mixed spices (2ml cinnamon, 2ml ginger, 1 ml cloves)
- 125gr Butter, softened NOT melted – cut into cubes
- 2,5ml Vanilla Essence
- 1 Large Egg.
- In the bowl of a food processor add the cake flour, sugar, baking powder, spices, and butter. Place the lid onto the bowl and pulse until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.
- Add the vanilla and the egg and pulse until a dough forms.
- Remove the dough from the food processor, roll it into a ball, and flatten it. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Remove the dough from the fridge and allow it to sit on the countertop for 15 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C and prepare a baking tray with parchment.
- Lightly flour the countertop and roll the dough out into 5mm thickness, using a rolling pin.
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes and transfer the shapes to the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 – 18 minutes.
- Transfer the baked cookies to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
Optional: Paint each cookie with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar before baking.
Egg wash: beat 1 large egg with 15ml of water.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.