Jan Smuts koekies

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I could not think of an English name for these! 🙂 They are named after General Jan Smuts that was the Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa from 1919 to 1924.

When I moved to New Zealand I struggled to find these pans that is not as deep as a muffin pan, so a friend of mine found them at a second hand shop and now I have the perfect pans to make them in. You can make them in a muffin pan but only use half of the cup to make these.

Preheat the oven to 190 °C (375 °F)

Spray the pans with cooking spray or grease them with margarine


750 ml (400 g) of flour

10 ml baking powder

1 ml salt

250 g butter or margarine at room temperature

250 ml sugar

2 eggs, whisked

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt.

Rub the margarine/butter into the flour mixture with your fingertips until it looks like a fine crumble.

Add the sugar and mix.

Add the eggs and mix until it looks like dough.

So the old recipes tell you to roll out the dough and cut into circles to fill the little pans, but I have found that if you roll them into little balls and then press them down with a dough press. I got this one from my mom and she used to call it a patty pan press. 🙂

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125 g of butter or margarine at room temperature

150 ml sugar

2 eggs, whisked

225 ml flour

5 ml baking powder

100 ml fine apricot jam at room temperature

Cream the butter/margarine and sugar together

Add eggs and mix.

Sift the flour and baking powder together and mix with the egg mixture.

Spoon about 2 ml of jam into the crust and then add a tablespoon of filling on top

Bake them for 15 min until golden brown and let them cool on a wire cooling rack.

TIP: I sometimes have to make 1 ½ times the filling mixture because I like to have a lot of filling in the tarts.

This will make about 4 dozen

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Arielle
    Aug 22, 2015 @ 04:20:28

    They look so delicious! ❤



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