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If you grew up in South Africa, then you probably know and love the Romany cream or also known as RomanyKits. Nothing beats the smell of freshly cookies wafting through the house!

Origin of Romany Creams

Originally Romany Creams were based on a cookie called Gypsy Creams with a similar biscuit but white cream to sandwich the halves together but it wasn’t a great seller. Pyott’s biscuits was a South African biscuit company originally founded by a Scotsman named John Pyott.

Where do Romany Creams come from?

Romany Creams are one of the most popular biscuits sold in South Africa. These delicious cookies are crunchy, chocolatey and packed with coconut, and are sandwiched together with melted chocolate for extra decadence.

Bakers (bakery)

Bakers Limited, commonly known as Bakers, is a South African company producing a wide variety of savory and sweet biscuits. Bakers sweet biscuit brands include Choc-Kits

Homemade Romany-Kits / Romany Creams

Romany cream cookies filled with chocolate sitting on a plate next to a white coffee mug

Romany Creams are most probably one of the most popular biscuits sold in South Africa. They are super delicious cookies and oh so crunchy, chocolatey, and loaded with coconut, and you sandwich them together with melted chocolate.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 250 g butter/margarine (softened)
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 3 heaped tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 tsp strong coffee granules
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ cups desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 slabs Cadbury chocolate


Cream butter and sugar.

Add flour, coconut, coffee, and cocoa and mix.

Add boiling water and mix well into the butter mixture.

Add 1 cup oats and combine well.

Roll small bits of the dough into balls and press with a fork to flatten and design.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180C / 350F for 15 minutes.

Once all the biscuits are baked, place them all on 1 oven tray, switch the oven off and leave it in the hot oven to dry out until the oven is cool.

Cool biscuits completely before dipping into chocolate.


Prepared, tried, and tested Irene Desari and Preshana Singh‎ from The Recipe Hunter: Tried and Tested Recipes from Home Chefs

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 183Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 22mgSodium 199mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 1gSugar 10gProtein 2g

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