"These cookies are a standard item in every cookie jar in each home in South Africa!"
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  • Melt margarine and syrup together in a large pot.
  • Add baking soda and stir.
  • The mixture will froth up, just keep stirring until all of it has frothed up.
  • Add all remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Press into a greased baking sheet.
  • Dough must be 1 1/2 cm thick.
  • Bake at 350F for 25 minutes.
  • While still hot, cut into squares and leave to set before removing to cooling rack.

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  1. jetomi
    Wonderful. Just like I remember growing up. My children and husband love them and I double the recipe.
  2. fussock
    Great taste . BUT why won't mine SET firn. They very crumby. BUT TASTY. I will use it for a cheese cake base. (this time) Leskin
  3. lawrences
    This is just the way I remember them!
  4. Shirls in SA
    Bokenpop this recipe is almost the same as mine except I use 125g marge and 25ml syrup. My daughter said they crumbled when she made them, but mine never have. I'm going to have a go with your proportions.
  5. avandoorene
    these are great, kids love them. Good for school events I always make double


I was born and raised in South Africa but now live in Delaware USA. Since I can remember I have been cooking! My first real cooking experience was when I was 7. I came home from school one afternoon and felt like French toast. My elder brother was home with his friends and did not want to make it for me, so I got a pan out, put it on the stove, turned the stove on to high. After that I could not remember what to do, but I knew that French toast involved bread so I put the bread in the hot pan without grease and poured milk over it! Oy vey... My brother's friend asked me what I was trying to make and I told him. He laughed and told me I was making it wrong but he also taught me how to make French toast the right way. I came home every day after that and made French toast. I felt so confident with the little bit of knowledge I had acquired that I soon started experimenting with other things. Nothing was going to stop me! The first full meal I ever made for my family was boiled rice and oven roasted chicken pieces with a steamed vegetable medley. I was 8 years old and my mom was in hospital. My dad was struggling to hold down an intensely busy job, keep the family going and be with my mom, so I thought I would help him. I don't think he believed that I had done it on my own. I remember telling him that I read in a cookery book how to make a roast chicken but I did not know what "a" rosemary was so I just put the chicken in the dish without it. Decades later with a myriad tried and tested recipes behind me - flops and failures included - I know my way around any food item and kitchen utensil, much to my family's delight!
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