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Baking Christmas Cookies on RSG

Posted on November 14, 2012 by in baked goods, rsg

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Christmas Cookies

Baking Christmas cookies is big business in my family. Luckily for us, my mom is still fighting fit and has this job covered year after year. As with her Easy Fruit cake which had our RSG listeners haul out their pans and wooden spoons, my mom starts this job early in October already!

All the grand children love Ouma Tina to bits, but I think sometimes they love the huge tins of Christmas Cookies more. Each child has his/her favorite, not to mention the uncles and aunts who riot ouma’s pantry shelves for the buckets and tins filled with ouma’s delicious Christmas Cookies.

The whole ritual of baking the Christmas cookies is so precious too. My mom and dad have both retired and now mom has an “assistant” in the kitchen. My dad says he is still going to write a book on “How to use the minimum tools in the kitchen!” Every year when we arrive at their house for the holidays, we are amazed at how many Christmas Cookies actually gets baked in spite of all this cheerful bantering! Together they make it work! I think there is a lesson in there somewhere ( Nina takes note!)

My mom bakes about 5 different kinds of Christmas Cookies every year, but the old faithfuls are always there(the grandchildren insist). The favorites are Romany Creams, Outydse Soetkoekies (Spice Cookies) and Aniseed Biscuits or Rugbrekertjies ( translated as back breaker biscuits). Every year she makes two new flavors, tests it with the children and if it makes the cut, she will put it on the favorites list! This year it was Peanut Butter Cookies and the Classic Ginger and Coconut Cookie. Rugbrekertjies got their name from my mom, because usually after baking them, she has immense back ache from standing and rolling out the cookie dough. I love the warm fuzzy feeling all this talk of baking Christmas Cookies gives me, I love the fact that my children can grow up with grandparents and the warmth of a family being together at Christmas time! I will share the recipes in order of popularity in my family!

I have one issue though, I phoned my mom to ask how many Christmas Cookies she gets from each recipe…..her answer was precious…..”enough for my children and grandchildren!”

Christmas Cookies

Romany Creams


300 ml boiling water

60 g cocoa

750 g butter

630 g caster sugar

10 ml vanilla essence

825 g cake flour

15ml baking powder

2 ml salt

375 g shredded coconut

500 g dark chocolate


Mix boiling water and cocoa and allow to cool. Cream the butter and sugar in your mixer until pale in color. Add the cocoa mixture and vanilla essence and mix well. Sieve the cake flour, baking powder and salt and add the coconut. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and mix well. Allow the cookie dough to rest for a couple of hours. Roll balls the size of a whole walnut and place on a baking sheet that has been prepared with Spray n Cook. Gently press the balls down with a fork. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 180 C. Allow to cool. Melt the dark chocolate in a bowl over a pot of boiling water and “stick” two cookies together with chocolate. Place in an airtight container.

Christmas Cookies

Aniseed Biscuits or Rugbrekertjies


9 x 250 ml cake flour

6 eggs

1.25 kg sugar

6 tsp baking powder

380 g butter

50 g(1 small packet) aniseeds


Cream sugar and butter in your mixer until pale in color. Add eggs and mix well. Add the flour and baking powder and lastly the aniseeds. Mix the cookie dough and allow to rest overnight.

Preheat oven to 180 C. Roll out on a floured surface and use a cookie cutter to cut out the cookies. Place on a baking sheet that has been prepared with Spray n Cook. Bake until lightly browned, about 10-12 minutes. Cool and store in an airtight container.

Christmas Cookies

Outydse Soetkoekies (Spiced Cookies)


6 x 250 ml cake flour

625 ml sugar

2 x 250 ml butter

4 eggs

10 ml  Cream of Tartar

10 ml Bicarbonate of soda

5 ml salt

5 ml fine cloves

5 ml fine, dry ginger

5 ml fine cinnamon

30 ml brandy


Sieve all the dry ingredients together and mix well. Add the sugar and mix. Grate the butter into the dry mixture and rub between fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the brandy and beaten eggs and mix until you have a stiff cookie dough. Allow to rest.

Preheat oven to 180 C. Roll out on a floured surface and bake for 10-15 minutes in a preheated oven.

Christmas Cookies

Peanut Butter and Cornflakes Cookies


4 x 250 ml Kellogg’s Cornflakes

2 x 250 ml oats

4 x 250 ml sugar

4 eggs

4 tsp baking powder

2 tsp vanilla extract

4 x 250 ml shredded dry coconut

4 x 250 ml cake flour

4 heaped T peanut butter

500 g butter

4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 ml salt


Cream butter and sugar in your mixer and add the eggs. Mix well. Add the peanut butter and mix well. Mix the bicarb with a little milk and mix in too.  Add all the other ingredients and mix well. Allow to rest, overnight the best. Roll in little balls the size of a walnut and place on a baking sheet, which has been prepared with Spray n Cook. Allow enough space between each cookie as it spreads slightly. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 180 C. Cool  and store until Christmas.

Hopefully now you will be ready for the silly season and your pantry will be stocked with Ouma Tina’s delicious Christmas Cookies!

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28 Responses to “Baking Christmas Cookies on RSG”

  1. Nicolean 15 November 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Nina ek geniet jou resepte baie en probeer alles Geseënde dag vir jou

    • nerinatimm 15 November 2012 at 9:59 am #

      Dankie, stuur bietjie fotos dan kan ek mos inloer wat jy alles bak en kook!!

  2. Hester 15 November 2012 at 10:05 am #

    Dankie vir die resepte, wou graag bestandele gaan koop, maar ongelukkig is winkels hier in Bonnievale toe agv stakings, maar gaan later probeer

    • nerinatimm 15 November 2012 at 10:07 am #

      Ai sterkte vir julle, Ons dink aan almal betrokke en glo daar sal ‘n antwoord kom!

  3. katheleen Venter 15 November 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Nina, dankie dat jy ouma Tina se respte met ons deel. Dis gewoonlik die resepies wat werk. Dis goud werd. Geniet jou program op RSG. Kry net jou blad op FB nie jy het gese onder Nina Tim?

    • nerinatimm 15 November 2012 at 12:59 pm #

      Op Facebook is ek My Easy Cooking. Ja, die ou resepte is goud werd!!

  4. katheleen Venter 15 November 2012 at 12:55 pm #


  5. Isabel Scholtz 15 November 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Hi Nina, hierdie resepte laat my ook aan my kinderdae en my ma en oumas dink en verlang. Groete Isabel van Bloemfontein

    • nina 17 November 2012 at 1:32 pm #

      Ja, ons is so bevorreg om sulke gelukkige kinderjare te kon hê!

  6. Cathy Archer 15 November 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    Nina – I NEED to make all of these 🙂
    Where would I foind a printer friendly version of these recipes?

    • nina 17 November 2012 at 1:32 pm #

      We are working on it Cath!

  7. Amanda 16 November 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    Would love the recipe for the ‘Classic Ginger and Coconut Cookie’, please!

    • nina 17 November 2012 at 1:31 pm #

      Hello Amanda, send me your email address and I will pass on the recipe!!

      • Lorraine Kruuse 27 November 2012 at 3:48 pm #

        Me too please if you don’t mind. Many thanks.

      • Carina 24 October 2019 at 7:30 am #

        Hi Nina, kan ek ook asb die ginger and coconut cookie resep kry?

  8. Louise 16 November 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    Ek sukkel vreeslik met koekies bak was nog nooit vreeslik suksesvol nie, gaan beslis jou beproefte respete probeer, sal jou laat weet van my sukses of nie lol. Dankie dat jy dit met ons deel, groete Louise

  9. Wendy Visagie 16 November 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    Dankie Nina, ons sal verseker nou al die blikke en boksies betyds kan volmaak voor Kersfees! Mooi dag vir jou en groete uit Koeweit.

    • nerinatimm 19 November 2012 at 7:00 am #

      Hello Wendy, I think you can add dried fruit, chocolate chips maybe!

  10. Rita W 16 November 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    Would love to try your Peanut Butter and Cornflakes cookies but my son-in-law has a serious allergy to peanut butter. What do you suggest in place of it.

  11. Anneline Parker 23 November 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    Nina, Ek bak elke jaar blikke vol droe koekies vir die kerstyd en sommer ook deur die jaar, maar was nog nooit sukses vol met gemmerkoekies nie. Het jy dalk n beproefde resep vir gemmerkoekies?

  12. Zirkie 25 November 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Ai, Nins! Jy bring nou baie herinnering terug en maak my nou vreeslik verlang na my ma!! Jou fotos is, soos gewoonlik, pragtig!!

  13. Lorraine Kruuse 27 November 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    I would love to have those recipes too please. Many thanks.

  14. Hazel 12 September 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    Amazing recipes just discoved your web page!
    Where would I find recipe for ginger and coconut biscuits? Thanks for easy recipes!!

    • Babs Nell 7 December 2013 at 5:44 pm #

      Nina,geniet jou RSG program.Kan ek ook die resep kty asb.Geseende Kersfees en alles wat mooi is vir 2014.

  15. Anne-marie tredoux 9 December 2013 at 6:46 am #

    Baie dankie vir die fantastiese resepte, my gesin en vriende geniet die soethappies baie.

  16. Gerda van Staden 21 September 2014 at 9:56 am #

    Hi jy sjoe jou resepte is heerlike jy kan gerus. Fotos by sit ok dq

  17. Beverley Fransch 5 August 2015 at 12:18 pm #

    I’m following you on RSG Resepte as I’m retired now and enjoy your recipes may I have the Classic Ginger & Coconut Cookie recipe please


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