Custard cookies with apple sauce

Custard cookies with apple sauce

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  • Makes 20-25
  • Easy
  • 10 minutes
  • 25–30 minutes

“The moment I popped one of these into my mouth, I was transported back to my days at after-care in Johannesburg, sitting on miniature plastic chairs with my friends and dunking these into mugs of lukewarm tea. If you don’t mind a bit of sugar, replace the apple sauce with apricot jam. Maybe your children will remember them too.” – Hannah Lewry


  • 510 g cake flour
  • 4 t baking powder
  • 55 g custard powder
  • 250 g butter, at room temperature
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 8 T Woolworths Woolies Babes apple pureé, plus extra for baking
  • apricot jam (optional)

Cooking Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Sift together the dry ingredients. In the bowl of a stand-mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, eggs, vanilla and apple purée until light and fluffy.

2. Add the dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms, taking care not to overmix.

3. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper and roll out 40 g balls of cookie dough. Place them on the trays 1 cm apart and use your thumb to make an indentation the centre for the filling. Fill each cookie with ½ t apple sauce or 1 t jam. Bake for 20–25 minutes, or until slightly golden.

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Photograph: Myburgh Du Plessis
Production: Hannah Lewry
Recipes: Hannah Lewry and Claire-Ellen Van Rooyen
Food assistant: Claire-Ellen Van Rooyen

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