Fatima Sydow
36 servings Prep: 30 mins, Cooking: 40 mins
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These biscuits, are also known as two-tones and are basically iced Hertzoggies! A simple pastry shell filled with sweetened desiccated coconut filling and iced with dark and pink icing for that final flare.

By Independent Contributor May 08 2023
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Ingredients (20)

500 ml desiccated coconut
185 ml sugar
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground cardamom
250 ml water
1 drop vanilla essence — or almond essence
250 g butter — softened
250 ml sugar
1 large egg
5-10 ml vanilla essence
750 ml flour
5 ml baking powder
Chocolate icing
185 ml icing sugar
52 ml cocoa powder
5 ml vanilla essence
30 ml milk
Pink icing
185 ml icing sugar
30 ml milk
1 drop red food colouring
1 drop vanilla essence
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Place the coconut, sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir and cook the mixture until the water is cooked away and the mixture forms sticky balls (about 10 minutes). Remove from the heat and add the vanilla or almond essence and stir.


Add the butter to a mixing bowl and loosen it with a mixer. Add the sugar and beat for a few minutes until light and creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix.

Add the flour. (Do not pack the flour too tightly in the measuring cup. Just do a loose scoop and then scrape the top off with a knife, otherwise you’ll end up adding too much flour, and the pastry will be dry.)

Add the baking powder. Mix the flour and baking powder using a spatula and then use your hands to bring everything together. Once the mixture has formed a dough, cover it with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 10 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Grease 3 shell pans with oil. Sprinkle the working surface with flour.

Roll out the dough to about 0.5 cm thickness. (You can also cover your dough with plastic wrap and roll it out.) Cut the dough into circles using a round cookie cutter.

Put the dough circles into the prepared shell pans and press down in the centre with your thumb. Fill the dough shapes with the coconut mixture and press it down, as the icing still needs to be added. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 – 15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.


Put the icing sugar in a mixing bowl. Sift in the cocoa. Add a drop of vanilla essence and some milk – not too much (rather gradually add more milk if needed as the idea is for the mixture to be stiff).

Mix everything through with a spoon. If the icing is too light, add more cocoa. If the mixture is too stiff, add some milk and if the mixture is too runny, add more icing sugar and cocoa.


Put the icing sugar, milk, food colouring and vanilla in a mixing bowl and mix together with a spoon to form a stiff mixture. If the mixture is too runny, add icing sugar and if you want the mixture to be a bit paler, add more icing sugar and milk.


Using a knife, spread some of the chocolate mixture over one side of the tweegevrietjies and spread the pink mixture over the other side.

Recipe extract from Fatima Sydow’s new cookbook – Cape Malay Cooking: My Story, My Heritage

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