Type Doughnut
Course Dessert
Place of origin South Africa
Main ingredients Dough, sugar syrup
Cookbook: Koeksister  Media: Koeksister

A koeksister is a traditional Afrikaner syrup infused version of a doughnut. The name derives from the Dutch word koekje, the origin of the American English word "cookie".[1]

Koeksisters are prepared by frying plaited dough rolls in oil, then submersing the fried dough into ice cold sugar syrup. Koeksisters are very sticky and sweet and taste like honey.[2]


A monument of a koeksister in the Afrikaner cultural community of Orania recalls an Afrikaner folk tradition of baking them to raise funds for building of churches and schools.[3]

See also


  1. Bradford, Jean (1978). A Dictionary of South African English. Oxford.
  2. Laurens van der Post (1970) African Cooking, Time-Life Books, New York
  3. Wybenga, Wim (2008-05-01). "Koeksister het sy eie monument op Orania". Volksblad. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
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