Soetkoekies ( Spicy Wine Cookies)
Yum! Spices, sugar & wine all together in a cookie. Soetkoekies are of Dutch origin and have been a favourite South African biscuit-tin filler for many years. Posted for ZWT 2006 - South African region. From: The Cookie Tin
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- 2 cups flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 4 ounces chopped almonds
- 1⁄2 cup chilled butter, cut into small pieces
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1⁄4 cup port wine or 1/4 cup sherry wine
- 1 egg white, beaten
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray or grease a cookie sheet.
- Sift together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, ground cloves, brown sugar, and almonds in a large bowl.
- Add the butter and cut into the flour mixture.
- Add the beaten eggs and red wine and mix dough together until it can be formed into a ball.
- Roll dough into walnut-sized balls and place on cookie sheets about 2" apart.
- Brush each cookie gently with the egg white.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes - until golden brown. Remove to a rack to cool completely.
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Great cookies! I made 1/2 batch. I had the same problem as toni - the dough turned out very soft, even though my butter was very cold, my egg merely average-sized and I did measure the wine right! ;-) I went ahead and baked the first batch anyway, and got rather porous-looking cookies that spread this way and that - so I added about 2 tbls flour to the remaining dough (=1/4 recipe). Much better! And even though the first 9 cookies look a bit weird, they too taste wonderful! A spice cookie with that little something extra. Used a 1-inch cookie scoop and got exactly 18 cookies. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Not sure if this is user error on my part but my dough was verrrry soft, even after adding an additional quarter cup of flour (a lot for a half batch). Too soft to either roll into a bowl or brush the tops with egg whites. That said my cookies were just as tasty. The sherry, in my case was the surprise ingredient. As you are eating them you get the spice first, then the almond, then a "what's that?" Really worked well though. Made the almond part simple by using the slivered variety. Thanks.