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Favourite Christmas cookie recipes. Kerskoekies.

Shortbread Cookies


Ever popular Scottish Shortbread cookie.

This is a recipe for the ever popular Scottish shortbread (brosbroodkoekies). It is so quick and easy to make .

Yield: 5 dozen cookies 40 x 80 mm

500 g butter
250 g (350 ml) castor sugar (or regular Canadian sugar)
500 g (4 cups) cake flour
250 g (2 cups) constarch

To sift on top:
castor sugar or fine sugar


  1. Cream butter and sugar until light and creamy.
  2. Sift flour and cornstarch and mix with butter mixture until it forms a dough.
  3. Press mixture into bottom of two greased baking pans 300 mm x 230 mm. Prick the dough with a fork.
  4. Score bars of 40 mmx 80 mm.
  5. Bake about 1 hours in a preheated oven at 160 degrees C until light brown.
  6. Sprinkle castor sugar over the top.

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suurlemoenkoekie, lemon shortbread cookie

Shortbread cookie with lemon filling

This was possibly my favourite recipe from last Christmas, originally from Sarie, 10 November 1993.

Yield: 20 cookies

125 g butter
1/2 cup (125 ml) icing sugar
1 t (5 ml) vanilla
1 cup (250 ml) self-raising flour (see substitute)
1/2 (125 ml) cup cornstarch
2 t ( 10 ml) grated lemon peel
1 t milk

4 T (60 ml) cream cheese (or smooth cottage cheese)
2 T (30 ml) castor sugar (or regular Canadian sugar)
1/2 t (2.5 ml) grated lemon peel
2 T (30 ml) chopped sultanas
1 t (5 ml) egg yolk

To Brush:
Egg yolk


  1. Cream butter and sugar till light and creamy
  2. Add flour, cornstarch and lemon peel.
  3. Mix well.  Add milk if needed.
  4. Wrap dough in cling wrap and leave in fridge to rest
  5. Roll dough to a thickness of 3 mm and press circles of about 60 mm in diameter
  6. Filling: Blend cream cheese, sugar and peel.  Add sultanas and egg yolk.
  7. Spoon half a spoon of filling in centre of each circle.
  8. Place a second circle on top and press the edges together with a fork.
  9. Place on greased cookie sheet and brush with egg yolk.
  10. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes in preheated oven at 180 degrees C (350 degrees F)

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