(serves 8)

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup salted butter, @ room temperature
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • ¼ cup full cream milk
  • 15 ml vanilla essence or 2 ml vanilla pod seeds
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 5 ml baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup your choice of chocolate chips, coconut flakes, dried nartjie, etc.
  •  8 sliced strawberries


  • Preheat the oven to 180˚C
  • To make the dough: Mix the soft butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Add the egg, milk, essence and blend well. Add the flour, baking soda and salt and mix until smooth.
  • Add the strawberries and your choice of an add-on.
  • Place some of the sliced strawberries on top for decoration.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes until golden brown and set.
  • Serve these Giant cookies for a children’s’ party or serve it with coffee for the adults.



Marelie’s comments about this recipe:

My grandmother, mom and all of my aunts are big cookie bakers. I on the other hand have not followed in their footsteps. This laborious activity, exercised religiously during festive times of the year could just not get a foot-hold in my modern lifestyle.

It was only when I realised, that baking giant cookies, made the idea of baking for birthdays or teatime can become a much more welcoming activity to look forward to! To make this a healthier version, you can half the sugar and use double the amount of strawberries!

Marelie Winterbach