Hertzoggies (Cookies!)

Recipe by Zurie
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READY IN: 1hr 15mins
YIELD: 30 cookies
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • CRUST
  • 250
    g flour, unsifted
  • 25
    g superfine sugar
  • 2
    teaspoons baking powder
  • 12
    teaspoon salt
  • 125
    g butter, room temp
  • 3
    large egg yolks, from very large eggs
  • 15
    ml water
  • FILLING
  • 4 -6
    tablespoons apricot jam, fine
  • 3
    large egg whites, from very large eggs
  • 250
  • 500
    ml desiccated coconut
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DIRECTIONS

  • Sift together the flour, superfine (caster) sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Rub the butter lightly into the flour with fingertips until like crumbs.
  • Beat egg yolks lightly with the water, and add.
  • Mix until a soft, manageable dough forms. Add a tiny bit more water if the dough is too firm.
  • Knead this dough well, cover, and set aside.
  • Heat oven to 180 deg C/350 deg F.
  • Grease the hollows of patty pan tins, or spray with nonstick spray. (I'm talking about the shallow hollows -- not deep ones like for muffins).
  • Roll the dough out thinly on a floured surface.
  • Press out circles large enough to form adequate pastry crusts for the patty hollows.
  • Line the patty hollows with the pastry.
  • Put a small blob of jam in each crust -- about 3/4 teaspoon.
  • Whip the egg whites until quite stiff.
  • Slowly add the sugar and whisk well after each addition.
  • Stir in the dessicated coconut.
  • Put spoonsful of this filling in the patty hollows over the jam blobs. Try to do this neatly as it affects the final shape of the cookie.
  • Bake the cookies 20 - 25 minutes in centre of oven.
  • Cool slightly in the pans, then lift out and cool on wire racks.
  • About 30 cookies.
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