My fondest childhood  memories are when we went to visit our grand parents on their farm in the Drakensberg. We are 11 cousins, and we usually all spent at least some part of our school holidays, with our oupa and ouma on the farm.

Upon arrival ouma Rina’s big mustard yellow tin was already filled to the brim with “soetkoekies” (sweet cookies) that she had baked. Apparently the recipe is more than 250 years old.

As we grew older we started helping her bake the cookies and it was always a highlight of my holiday on the farm. Sadly she passed away 8 years ago (I still miss her everyday!), so now as tradition would have it I’m baking the cookies with my own 2 girls.

My ouma gave me her soetkoekie tin and now it has a prime spot on our kitchen counter.


Ouma Rina’s Soetkoekie Recipe


1.5 kg cake flour

750 g sugar

500 g butter

1/4 tsp mace (optional)

1 tsp ground cloves

2 tsp ground ginger

4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tbsp salt

1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda, dissolved in 1 cup of milk

3 eggs


Mix all the dry ingredients. Rub the butter in with your hands. Add the eggs and the milk mixture. Knead very well.



And now for the fun part:

Choose your favourite cookie cutter. Ouma Rina always used a flower. Roll out the dough and start cutting out your cookies.



Place the cookies on a greased baking pan. Brush them with a little bit of milk and put a dot of sugar (we always used a 1/4 tsp with my ouma) right in the middle. Bake for 15 minutes at 200 degrees Celcius.



I can’t wait to see what my Romancing the Home blogger friends holiday traditions are:

Talia at My Shabby Shack

Ramona at Ruffles and Rust

Stacy at Sawdust and High Heels


I hope you enjoy your family traditions this festive season as much as we are!

Happy holidays everyone! I will be back again at the end of January 2019.