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Gemmerkoekies (Ginger nuts)

Both Marietjie's mother and grandmother were known for their delicious ginger nuts. They are made from a soft dough, rolled into little balls, resulting in gemmerkoekies that are soft and chewy on the inside and crispy outside.


  • 2 cups (500 ml) flour
  • 75 gram butter
  • ¾ cup (200 ml) sugar
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) syrup
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) mixed spice
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) milk
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 5 ml cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon (2 ml) salt


  1. Sift dry ingredients together, except baking soda.
  2. Melt butter, sugar, syrup. Remove from heat.
  3. Dissolve baking soda in milk and add to syrup.
  4. Add whisked egg to cooled down syrup.
  5. Add syrup to flour and spice mixture and knead well.
  6. Roll dough into little balls and flatten somewhat with your thumb.
  7. Bake in oven of 180°C for 10 - 15 minutes.