Makweti Sugared Shortbread Cookies

Every family has a secret and at Makweti, we think the best kind are secret family recipes, passed down from generation to generation. Many of these recipes hail from bygone eras and rich cultures. They serve as delicious reminders of age-old heritage, true treasures of the past that can be shared with family and friends for years to come.

One such recipe is the Makweti sugared shortbread cookie, a wickedly-scrumptious treat best enjoyed over your favourite tea or aromatic coffee brew!

These are simple to make and fast to bake – try them at home, and let us know what you think.


  • 330g Flour
  • 250g Salted butter
  • 180g Sugar
  • A couple of drops of vanilla essence
  • 1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon rind
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder

Preparation and baking instructions 

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Mix all ingredients together.
  3. Divide the batter into three equal portions.
  4. Roll the batter portions into ‘sausages’ of about 3cm in diameter.
  5. Sprinkle extra sugar (the more, the tastier!) on the workbench and roll the ‘sausages’ in the sugar.
  6. Cut into biscuits, about 1cm wide.
  7. Place on a greased baking sheet.
  8. Bake until just golden. It should take approximately 15-20 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Do you have an ageless family recipe that you think could be enjoyed at Makweti? Tell us about it, and maybe our brave and talented chefs will serve a heritage-inspired meal at Makweti in your honour!

Image credit: Tatum Pretorius

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