Outydse soetkoekies

100_1953‘Outydse soetkoekies’ are traditional South African butter and sugar biscuits that translates as ‘old fashioned sweet biscuit’, though it isn’t as catchy as in Afrikaans (my home language). It is perfect for the festive season as the aroma of the spices fills the home and has become a Christmas tradition in our home.


  • 185g butter
  • 375ml sugar
  • 15ml Marsala
  • 1 egg
  • 625ml flour
  • 5ml baking powder
  • 15ml Mixed Spice
  • 20ml Cinnamon
  • 60ml sugar, for dusting



  1. Preheat the oven to a 180°C. Prepare a baking tray by lining it with baking paper and spray it with Spray-and-Cook or something similar.
  2. Cream the butter, sugar and Marsala.
  3. Sift and mix all the dry ingredients together.
  4. Beat the egg into the butter mixture.
  5. Mix the butter mixture with the dry ingredients by gently kneading until it forms a stiff dough. Add a little extra flour if necessary.
  6. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until o,5cm thick. Cut-out desired shapes and place on baking tray.
  7. Sprinkle unbaked biscuits with sugar and gently press it slightly into the dough.
  8. Bake for 8-10min until slightly golden brown. Let cool on wire rack before storing in an airtight container.


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