Easy and Quick Cookie Recipes

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Dear Thinette

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Quick Cookie Recipes, especially when making your own, adds a special personal flair to a cup of tea.  Everybody in a holiday mood wants to nibble. It is great to have the tins full, when there is easy and quick cookie recipes, to bake cookies or biscuits to celebrate the season.

Freshly baked traditional cookies create such a welcoming feeling, not only at Christmas time. It is good to always have a snack ready at tea or coffee time, it used to be a tradition.

Easy and Quick Recipes to Choose from. 2 A variety of cookies

A handful of cookie recipes follow.  Cookies that were always at the coffee table not only during special occasions but every day. Grannies used to bake a few weeks earlier and have a great variety ready. These recipes are from my Grandma’s from both sides of the family. That makes it your Great Great Grannies recipes.

Teatime Treats

Most are very easy to make and very cost-effective too. Grandkids normally assist in the baking, it was great fun. Helping to mix the ingredients, rolling and pressing out the dough with a cookie cutter.

Nothing has to be perfect, and we were experts at the tasting. Everybody helps to clean up afterwards, all part of the game. This is about making memories together.

Guidance with Granny Easy and Quick Cookie Recipes

It is very wise to have all the ingredients handy before the day of baking arrives.  Make sure to have everything ready. A list of all that is needed from the recipes, and having the correct baking trays will be so convenient.

Crunches. [Kurktapytjies]

250 ml of sugar

500 ml oats

250 ml cake flour

250 ml coconut

200 ml butter or margarine

5 ml bicarb of soda

Optional add Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste [1 teaspoon each]

20 ml of syrup

Add 3 – 4 T of hot water to the melting mix. [T is a tablespoon]

  • 1 t vanilla

  • Oven at 150 * C

  • Mix all the dry ingredients together

  • Melt butter, syrup and water.

  • Add the vanilla essence.

  • Mix together to resemble bread crumbs

  • Press firmly in a flat baking sheet normally used for a Swiss Role, about 1.2 cm thick. [Double up to fill the baking tin.]

  • Roll even with a rolling pin

  • Bake for 40 min

  • Cut while still warm in 5 cm squares.

  • Leave to cool properly and lift with a spatula.


Can add nuts and raisins or seeds to the mix.


Jan Smuts mini Jam tarts

Sweat crust

1 cup of sugar

250 gr of butter or margarine

2 eggs

4 cups of flour

3 t of baking powder [t is a teaspoon]

1 T of custard powder [T is a tablespoon]

1 t salt [t is a teaspoon]

  • Cream the butter and sugar

  • Add the eggs

  • Mix all the dry ingredients together

  • Add to the wet ingredients and mix well

  • Dust the surface with flour and roll the dough a little less than 1 cm thick

  • Press with a glass or cookie cutter in 6 cm circles

  • Place the circles in a prepared small tart pan hollows

  • Press lightly to have an indent and fill with 1/2 teaspoon of apricot jam

  • Spoon the topping on top


125 gr butter or margarine

Whisk 2 eggs and add

125 gr sugar

Stir in 130 gr [1/4 of cup +1 teaspoon] of flour and

1 t baking powder [t is a teaspoon]

Mix well and spoon over jam in a mini tart.

  • Bake at 180 *C for 15 minutes Keep an eye on them.


Choc Rocks. [Rots koekies]

1/4 lb Butter or margarine [113 gr]

1/2 cup of cacao

2 cups of sugar

1/2 cup of milk

Boil this together for 5 minutes.

Add 3 cups of oats

1 t vanilla [t is a teaspoon]

1/4 t salt [t is a teaspoon]

Mix together and spoon as quickly as possible with a teaspoon little humps on a lined and prepared baking tray.

Leave to cool properly


Custard cookies. [Vlakoekies or Soentjies]

250 gr butter

8 T sugar [T is a tablespoon]

Mix till creamy

Add 2 large eggs, one by one

2 cups flour

1 cup cornflour [maizena]

4 t baking powder [ t is a teaspoon]

8 T of custard powder [T is a tablespoon]

Sift together

Mix all together to form a dough.

Roll in little balls and press lightly with a fork.

Bake at 180 *C for 10 min. keep an eye on them, no colouring.

Join two-two together with this filling


1/2 packet of Icing sugar

2 Tablespoon of butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla

pinch of salt

Mix all together.

Add more or less 1 teaspoon water to make it sticky.


Basic Butter Cookie

2 1/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

Sift together

1 cup butter

1/2 cup of sugar

3/4 cup of brown sugar

Cream together

Add 3 eggs one at a time

Mix well

Add the flour mix and 1 teaspoon vanilla

Drop with a teaspoon dollops in a baking tray a few centimetres from each other

Bake at 180*C for 8 minutes, keep an eye on them.

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Variations to add

1 cup of choc chips

1/4 cup of peanut butter

1 cup of caramel chips

1 Tablespoon of coffee in 2 Tablespoon hot water


Jam tartlets [Handtertjies]

1 teaspoon salt

6 cups of flour

1 teaspoon cream of tarter

Sift together

Add in 625 gr butter or margarine

Rub in with fingers until it resembles bread crumbs

Mix together

1/4 cup of grape vinegar

3/4 cup of ice water

3 eggs yolks whisked

Add all together and mix until it forms a dough.

Leave in the fridge overnight.

Next day roll out with rolling pin about 5 mm thick

Cut 8 cm circles with a cookie cutter or glass

Spoon about 1 teaspoon apricot jam in the middle.

Run a finger with water all around the edge of the circle and fold over.

Press firmly to join and secure with a fork, the jam will boil out if not secured.

Place in a prepared lined baking tray

Bake at 180*C for 10 min


Salty but Sweet [Repelsteeltjies]

250 gr butter

500 ml flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

650 ml of cheese grated.

Apricot jam

Cream the butter and add flour, salt and baking powder in.

Mix well.

Add grated cheese and mix until it forms a dough.

Use a teaspoon as measure and roll dough in little balls.

Place on a lined prepared baking sheet.

Make a deep dent with the back of a wooden spoon in the ball but not to the bottom.

Fill halfway with jam

Bake at 180*C for 10 – 15 minutes, Keep an eye and take out before it colours.

Secure all the different cookies in containers with a layer of sugar at the bottom underneath a sheet of the wax wrap, for the reason to keep it fresh.

Guidance with Granny Easy and Quick Cookie Recipes Done

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Dust your hands and take off your apron to a job well done, my dear. All the cookie tins are full. The family will praise you and remember your tradition forever. Some families still keep this tradition up.

Enjoy the baking it is more rewarding than the eating.


Gran Stella

Granny Stella

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