A koeksister /ˈkʊksɪstə/ is a traditional Afrikaner confectionery made of fried dough infused in syrup or honey. It should not be confused with the similar sounding Cape Malay koe'sister, which is a fried ball of dough that's rolled in desiccated coconut.

Place of originSouth Africa
Region or stateSouth Africa
Main ingredientsDough, sugar syrup, aniseed, cinnamon, mixed spice
A shop specialising in the production and sale of koeksisters in Cape Town.

Koeksisters are prepared by frying plaited dough strips in oil, then submersing the hot fried dough into ice cold sugar syrup. Koeksisters have a golden crunchy crust and liquid syrup centre, are very sticky and sweet, and taste like honey.[1]

Popular brands include Ouma Rooi Koeksisters, whose founder won the Huletts Koeksister Competition before taking part in the popular South African Koekedoor Show. [2]

Koeksister Monument in Orania

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Laurens van der Post (1970) African Cooking, Time-Life Books, New York
  2. ^ http://www.oumarooi.com
  3. ^ Wybenga, Wim (2008-05-01). "Koeksister het sy eie monument op Orania". Volksblad. Archived from the original on 29 June 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2012.