Hertsoggies / Hertzoggies

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Hertsoggies / Hertzoggies

This is so traditional in the Cape Malay community!  It’s a tremendously popular cookie/biscuit.

Named after General J.B.M. Hertzog, the prime minister of the Union of South Africa, from 1924 to 1939. It was apparently his favourite cookie.





1 egg

125g butter, softened

65ml vegetable/sunflower oil

195ml sugar

500ml self raising flour

500ml cake / plain flour

drop vanilla essence

1 level teaspoon baking powder



Cream together egg, sugar, butter and oil until light and fluffy.

Mix in vanilla essence.

Sift in selfraising flour and cake flour and mix into creamed mixture to make a fairly stiff dough. roll out dough to 3 mm thick on a lightly floured surface and cut out shapes with flower shape biscuit cutter. Place on hertzoggie baking sheet. Place half teaspoons of coconut boiled with sugar and water. Bake at 200C for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Place half teaspoon apricot jam next to coconut before serving.



3 thoughts on “Hertsoggies / Hertzoggies

  1. […] be as thin as possible with no holes. Left over pastry can be frozen or you can use it to make herzoggies. Refrigerate whilst preparing the custard […]

  2. Al your recipes is so delicious!! Yummy