South African Snowballs

Every year or so, I do a Google search for “South African Snowballs” and a few days ago, I found a recipe! I was so excited, I gave it a go yesterday, and was not completely happy. The recipe was not a flop in the sense that it is definitely inedible (it is totally eatable!), but it is a flop in the sense that it’s a cookie, not a cake (not by any stretch of the imagination!). The recipe was from Food Network UK, and I must say I’m surprised it’s nowhere near authentic.

The dough is literally a dough, as described in the recipe, unlike the actual South African Snowballs, which are more of a cake batter that have a limited amount of spreading potential. I guess I shouldn’t have expected anything other than a cookie as a result.

As for the amount of water suggested to thin out the jam, I don’t think so–it was too much by a million miles–or a 1/2 cup anyway.

4½ oz (125g) butter
4½ fl oz (125 ml) cream
4½ fl oz (125 ml) caster sugar
10 oz (625 ml) self raising flour
1 tsp strawberry essence
7 oz (200g) strawberry jam
1/4 cup boiling water
1 tsp food coloring
desiccated coconut to taste


  1. Cream butter and sugar till fluffly.
  2. Beat in cream.
  3. Add flour and knead to make soft dough.
  4. Divide dough into 24 balls. Flatten each ball slightly.
  5. Place 12 each on cookie sheets.
  6. Bake in oven preheated at 350 F for 15 minutes ortill edges are brown.
  7. Beat jam with a fork. Add boiling water and colouring and whisk till smooth.
  8. Sandwich two cooled cakes with a bit of jam/water syrup.
  9. Then dip the two sanwiched cakes in the syrup.
  10. Roll in coconut and leave uncovered for a bit to dry.
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