I grew up with Hertzoggies and Christmas will not be the same without these delicious cookies. Hertzoggies is named after General Hertzog, who was the Prime minister of South Africa from 1924 to 1939. These were apparently his favourite cookies.
Another cookie, called Jan Smuts cookies was named after General Jan Smuts, who was the Prime minister from 1919 to 1924 and leader of Hertzog’s opposition party. The cookies differ slightly but apparently would never be eaten by Hertzog’s followers!
I make these in larger muffin pans, but these were made by my daughter. She makes them very small and they are loved by my whole family. Although my Mother uses to bake them for a long time, I do not know her recipe and I use this recipe that was published in Huisgenoot Wenresepte number five.
- For the Crust:
- 250g soft butter
- 150g sugar
- 2 extra large eggs
- 5ml vanilla
- 420g cake flour
- 10ml baking powder
- 5ml salt
- For the Filling:
- 820g apricot jam
- 300g sugar
- 70g butter
- 3 eggs, separated
- 5ml vanilla
- pinch of salt
- 160g desiccated coconut
- Pre-heat the oven to 180⁰C. Prepare small muffin pans by spraying it with a non-stick spray.
- Beat the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs one at a time, whilst beating all the time. Add vanilla essence and mix through.
- Sieve the dry ingredients together and add to the butter mixture.
- Mix to form a soft dough. Cover and rest in the fridge for 15 minutes.
- Roll out on a floured surface to 3mm thickness. Press circles and place into muffin pans. Prick the pastry bottoms with a fork.
- Spoon apricot jam into each crust.
- Beat the sugar and butter (for the filling) together until light and fluffy.
- Add egg yolks one at a time whilst beating. Add the vanilla, salt and coconut and mix through.
- Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold into the coconut mixture. Spoon the coconut mixture on top of the apricot jam.
- Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown on top.
- Leave to cool slightly and transfer to cooling racks. Cool completely before transferring to an airtight container.