An “old” cookie that will always be fashionable. Named after General J.B.M. Hertzog, the prime minister of the Union of South Africa, from 1924 to 1939. It was apparently his favorite cookie.

This recipe comes from Huisgenoot wenresepte 2 by Annette Human, which is perfect as is, gives perfect results every time, year after year. It is probably the only time I’ve exchanged one of my mother’s recipes for a “better” one!




  • 250g flour
  • 25g castor sugar
  • 10ml baking powder
  • 1 ml salt
  • 125g butter, at room temperature
  • 3 extra large egg yolks
  • 15 ml cold water


  • 75ml apricot jam
  • 3 extra large egg whites
  • 250g sugar
  • 160 g coconut
  1. Sift the flour, castor sugar, baking powder and salt together.
  2. Crumble in the butter and mix with finger tips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Mix the egg yolks and cold water and add to the butter mixture. Mix to a dough. add a little extra water if it is too dry.
  4. Work the dough into a ball, cover and leave aside to rest.
  5. Heat the oven to 180 deg. C(350 F)
  6. Grease the inside of muffin pans.
  7. Roll out the dough, about 1 mm thick. Cut round circles with a cookie cutter, big enough to cover the inside of the muffin pan. Press into muffin pans.
  8. Put a teaspoon of jam into each dough crust.
  9. Whisk the egg-whites until stiff and gradually add the sugar to whisk to a meringue.
  10. Stir in the coconut.
  11. Put a tablespoonful of coconut meringue onto each jam-filled dough crust.
  12. Bake for 20-25 minutes in the middle of the oven.
  13. Leave to cool before removing. store in a cool place.

An entry for “Christmas cookies from around the world” for which Susan at Foodblogga is the host.



12 thoughts on “Hertzoggies cookies

  1. Those are absolutely beautiful cookies – your pictures (especially the one in the cut glass) really do them justice. I’ve never heard of anything like these cookies, so it is a particular treat to read your recipe. Thanks!


  2. Those cookies are lovely and looks delicious too .And I agree with you some time the old can be fashionable , and with the passing if time became a classic.


  3. Aren’t these just delightful? I love the way the egg whites in the filling make them puff up so beautifully. Thank you for a unique entry, Ronell. Happy holidays to you and your family. Cheers, Susan


  4. yum yum , its a first time for me. never seen these before. they irresistible.

    Merry Christmas to u n your family :)


  5. I had a recipe for hertzoggies with the base made a tipe of spong cake, but I have lost the recipes. Yours are wonderful, but to much hard work.


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