This Outydse Soetkoekie recipe is the only sugar cookie recipe you will ever need. I have fallen in love with cookie dough. Seriously, that’s what happened here. Your hands are in charge of this magic mixture of ingredients, and with a little rolling and kneading – the perfect cookie dough is formed. Call me a hippie if you want – I don’t care – as a foodie – I LOVE working with cookie dough and getting my hands dirty!
The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe
I never thought this recipe would yield such an amazing buttery, crumbly and flaky cookie! When hubby asked for a batch of his gran’s soetkoekies, I couldn’t wait to try it out. This “Outydse Soetkoekie” recipe has been a family recipe and been passed down many generations. Her recipe is deliciously rich and sweet. However, there are varieties of the original soetkoekie with added warming spices., like ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Just add 5ml allspice for that nostalgic flavour.
For my foreign readers, this recipe is the epicenter of real South African bakes. Every South African would have had soetkoekies before or would have baked it themselves, sometime in their lifespan. This is seriously delicious stuff.
Sugary and Buttery Goodness
You might feel that there isn’t much about this recipe other than its origin that makes it special. It is a plain sweet and buttery cookie recipe, that’s probably been duplicated and tweaked over the years and used all over the world as a sweet biscuit – that serves as a base recipe for thousands of variations of cookies.
Easy Does It
This cookie recipe knocked my socks off. Just a simple combination of butter and sugar with, egg, flour and baking soda and cream of tartar. After the wet and dry ingredients combine, my first thought was that this dough will never roll, it is crumbly and dry – seems like it needed a second dose of butter. However, I took the recipe seriously and husband’s gran made it very clear to not add more wet ingredients. Your hands do all the work!
Beautiful Cookie Dough
It only took a few minutes before the perfect cookie dough was produced. Beautiful soft, flexible dough, that rolled out perfectly, baked perfectly and the result was a perfectly sweet and flaky, crispy and buttery outydse soetkoekie that melts in your mouth.
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