Sugar Cookies Recipe

This sugar cookies recipe produces about 160 old fashioned sugar cookies, or “soetkoekies” as many South Africans know them.

sugar cookies recipe
sugar cookies recipe

Soetkoekies / Sugar Cookies Recipe

Colleen Kaluza
“Soetkoekies” are sugar cookies, and we all know how good those are! Simply delicious!
Course Snack
Cuisine South African


  • 8.8 oz Butter/Margarine at room temperature (250 g)
  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 5 Large Eggs
  • 6 cups Cake Flour
  • 2 tbsp Baking powder
  • 2 tsp Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp 2ml Salt


  • 1 Egg (beaten)
  • 5 tsp Milk
  • Sugar


  • Cream butter/margerine, sugar and eggs together.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, nutmeg and salt together.
  • Combine the dry ingredients with the egg mixture to a reasonably soft dough.
  • Cover the dough and let it rest for half an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Lightly grease the baking sheets.
  • Roll the dough out thinly on a surface that has been sprinkled with flour.
  • Cut out circles of about 2 inches in diameter, with a cookie cutter.
  • Place the circles evenly on the baking sheets.
  • Mix the beaten egg and milk and brush this lightly over the cookies.
  • Sprinkle a little sugar over each cookie.
  • Bake the cookies 8-10 minutes or until golden on the middle ovenrack.
  • Allow to cool on the baking sheets before placing on drying racks.
  • Store the cookies in an airtight container.

This recipe was submitted by Colleen Kaluza. Thanks so much!

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