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.
125g butter, softened
65ml vegetable/sunflower oil
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.