3/26/20 Brand NEW How To Make Crunchies video on YouTube >>
PLUS my updated recipe below with easy steps and healthy options.
This is my most searched and requested recipe. It’s been pinned and shared over 70,000 times!
Crunchies were my favorite “biscuit”—the South African term for cookies. They are to South Africa what Chocolate Chip Cookies are to America. Think chewy oatmeal cookie meets crunchy granola bar and they fall in love.
These toasted-oat-and-coconut squares of goodness are so easy and fun to make (see vid above!) and perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. Pop in your kid’s lunch box or grab for breakfast on the go.
They’re very similar to Anzac cookies but baked as a bar. Try them for Anzac Day!
You might recall (hopefully without any animosity) that I was advised to take my recipe down a few years ago because I was looking into manufacturing them. I’m truly sorry if it inconvenienced any of you. (I hope this makes it up to you ?)
The traditional way of making them is with Lyle’s Golden Syrup—or they’re also delish with honey. The new and improved plastic bottle—which I find wayyyy more convenient is available on Amazon >>
Try my amazing Gingersnaps or “Ginger Biscuits” as we used to call them in SA with the leftover golden syrup >>
I like using Bob’s Red Mill unsweetened shredded coconut (aka desiccated coconut) which is also available on Amazon >>
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Fill an Oxo Cookie Jar with fresh Crunchies for a hostess gift.
I live in Israel and sometimes yearning for home tastes, I am always experimenting with how to make the perfect melktert, rusks, boolkes and crunchies. Sometimes my crunchies come out too dry and sometimes too hard. If I don’t have golden syrup, I use Silan, which is a date honey, and is the perfect substitute. I have found that adding 1 egg helps to make them not too hard and fragile. Thank you so much for your site and recipes.
thanks for your site,
Thank you so much for your feedback. I’d love to try your crunchies version with the egg – please email it to me. And the next South African recipe on my list was melktert – my absolute fav! Would love to see your recipe!
Where about in Israel are you? I have a lot of family there.
Please stay in touch.
All the best,
Dear Orna, will you please mail me your Original Chrunchy Recipy to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is not available on your site and I have been looking for a good recipy for ages. Will realy appreciate it!
I’m sorry you’re having trouble finding a good Crunchie recipe. I’m afraid I am not able to give out my recipe at this time but I’m planning on releasing it in a few months so stay tuned. Warm regards, Orna
I make my own golden syrup to bake crunchies. I am in Eilat en ek is Afrikaans
I’m sure it’s delicious with homemade syrup! I love Eilat – haven’t been in many many years.
So you should come and see Eilat, developed and expanded much. I wll try your recipe on Friday. I have one without the milk and it is great too, but yours sounds like the one my mom used to bake for me to bring back to Israel every visit down South, 🙂
Please send me your Golden syrup recipe. Ek is nou in Knoville TN maar het in SA grootgeword. Was laasjaar in Israel. Baie life vir Jerusalem.
These “crunchies” are deserving of another name. Something like “THE best cookie/bar/biscuit EVER that complements a cup of coffee like no other treat in the world!”
I love them because they are unique – yet vaguely familiar (hints of an oatmeal cookie but sooo much better). I CRAVE them. They are incredibly tasty and super satisfying. I wish I had one right now! Everyone should try this recipe at least once. My guess is that most people will LOVE it. If you don’t . . . just forward them to me. I will eat them and maybe share with the rest of the crowds that are always trying to steal my crunchies!!!!!
YAY ORNA for bringing this awesome South African Recipe to my world!
OK – I’ll make you some! How could I not, with that kind of a review?!
These are delicious! My family loved them.
Thanks so much!
You are most welcome! So glad you liked them.
Hi Orna , after trying many oatmeal cookies and energy bars recipes I tried your crunchies recipe and it is absolutely perfect!! I was making them for my mother and sister and as there were no boys at home I made a quarter of the amount in the recipe , thinking it would be too much. They were so good I ended up making them twice only for the three of us and by the evening it was all gone. Thank you so much for this great recipe!!
Thank YOU so much Maya for your lovely comments. I hope to hear more from you in the near future!
Orna, you are terrific. I had a cup of flour and lots of oats to use up before Passover. So I just made these crunchies. They are so fabulous – they even passed the test of sharing them with a South African neighbour who is a wonderful baker. I made them with buckwheat honey because that’s what I had. Worked out the calories, too. Recipe made 60 small ones, 90 calories each. Yummy. Thanks for your terrific blog.
What a great idea Liz! Glad you liked them.
Orna, I hit thumbs down when I totally meant thumbs up:-) – everyone loves them !
It is pouring with rain here in Sydney, and the weather is starting to turn chilly with Winter on its way. What can possibly be a better activity than baking! I am just about to put my batch in the oven and the family of teenaged boys cannot wait to taste them! A real call from the home country. Thank you!
Hi Romny, I loved reading your message – I hope that you and your boys enjoyed eating the Crunchies!
Thanks for the great recipe. I have just made a batch but I didn’t have any butter in the house and I don’t use margarine so I substituted oil instead – I used 180ml sunflower oil instead of the cup of butter (I googled the conversion.) I was a bit worried but they turned out just fine. The kids have already eaten half the pan and say they are delicious (they don’t know I changed the recipe…) Thanks again from a cloudy and cool Somerset West, SA!
Hi Lisa, Great to know about the sunflower oil – thanks for letting me know. So glad your kids enjoyed them!
Hi Orna! I want to try these! How many weight watch points plus are these, please? Thanks!!! : )
As a mom, I am always running around, driving and in need of quick, healthy (or healthy-ish) snacks. Thank you for this list! I have never tried one item here but I already can’t wait to go buy some of these! I’m excited to try something new.
I can’t believe you’ve never tried any of these Jen! Looking forward to hearing what you think!
It’s a freezing cold day in Hobart, snow on the mountain and I am missing my Mom and Dad terribly, think I might just give this recipe a go – hopefully it will not only warm up the kitchen, but take me a little closer to them back in Cape Town. Will let you know how it goes. 🙂
Hi Heather, I really hope you made the Crunchies and they gave you that warm taste of home! We are going to Cape Town in November – SO excited, I haven’t been back home in over TEN years! Please let me know how you liked them! 🙂 Orna
I am so glad I found your recipe! It’s almost exactly how my mom made them (and she can’t remember the recipe). I’m telling you, Lyles Golden Syrup is THE secret ingredient. Doesn’t taste the same without. I didn’t have any I hand so made some with honey as want some crunchies NOW but am saving recipe for later and will try a few more of yours.
Hi Shayne, I agree that Lyle’s Golden Syrup give them that special taste that we know and love! Let me know how the next batch turn out! Where are you located? Best, Orna
This first batch came out delicious. Going to buy the “proper” syrup tomorrow though 😉 I’m in Port Elizabeth (SA)
Just made a batch of crunchies , they look and taste amazing, I even added sesame seeds for some omega 3, but they are too chewy 🙁 . I did turn down the temp but was worried the bottom was burning so took them out at 36mins. How do I sort it out ? We like crispy in this house.
Hi Dina, I’m not sure if the sesame seeds added to the chewiness, so maybe next time try one batch with and one batch without. I would put them on another baking sheet and bake a little longer, covered with foil after 15 min. BTW – do you have an oven thermometer? It helps to know if your oven is accurate. Mine are sometimes a little chewier in the middle (which I like), but I’m going to increase the bake time on the recipe to 25 – 35 minutes for those of you who like their crunch! Thank you for your input. Please let me know how the next batch turns out!
Dina, if you want them crispy then make them a bit thinner. Make sure you keep a close eye though 🙂
Hi, just wondering what the oz. measurements mean, ie “4 Cups (11 1/2 oz), 3 Cups (9 oz), etc.
It would be helpful to know how to adjust the sugar amount if we use sweetened coconut flakes.
Thank you for sharing your recipe!
The oz (ounces) measurements are for those who like to bake by weight – which is the most accurate method. But if you don’t have a scale, the recipe works perfectly if you just use a dry cup measure for the dry ingredients. I’ve never used sweetened coconut flakes, but you could try cutting the sugar in half and see how they turn out! Let me know…
Orna, I am so excited to try these! I have been in Australia for fourteen years and haven’t eaten one of these since I left South Africa. I’ll return the favour and give you my favourite South African recipe: Peppermint Crisp Pudding! Enjoy! http://theycallmemummy.com/2012/10/22/peppermint-crisp-pudding/
what tempareture is required for crunchy oats.
Was a little home sick for Africa today. My little 2 yr old girl loves oatmeal and cinnamon so here’s hoping she likes these too. Just waiting for them to cool a little 🙂
I hope they gave you a taste of home and that your little one loved them! Soon she’ll be able to help you make them. 🙂
Yum! My South African cousins shared a pic of these the other day on Facebook and I immediately wanted to try them. They lived up to their delicious look by being totally scrumptious. All the family loved them and they worked well with gluten free flour so my wheat intolerant child could join in with the treat.
One tip is to do step 4 before step 3 so the cooling can happen automatically instead of having to wait a while…
Now I’m off to see what other tasty recipes you have here…
Helen, I’m so happy you and the family liked them! And good to know about the gluten free flour. Please do let me know what else you make!
I made these on the spur of the moment (couldn’t wait for my mom to text me her recipe so Googled ‘crunchies’ and found your page) – I didn’t have any shredded coconut in the house; left it out and the crunchies still taste really, really good. Thank you for posting the recipe.
My pleasure Natalie, and good to know they’re still tasty without the coconut. Thanks for sharing.
How many oz is the margarine in stead of a cup than you
One cup butter/margarine = 8 oz
I have been searching for a good crunchy recipe since I had samples at a little cafe at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, where I live. When I found your recipe I was really excited and tried it out this passed weekend. I added cashew nuts since its just something I always imagined to be in crunchies for some reason. The result was fabulous! Better than at the cafe I went to and I was seriously considering buying a batch from them! Now I can make my own and its great. The flavour is perfect and is wonderful to enjoy with a cup of coffee.
Ooh Yumnaah – I LOVE cashews – how could that be bad?! I’ll have to try that next time – thanks for sharing!
Yum, yum, yum!
Takes me back to my childhood.
It’s amazing Claire how little squares can transport you back in time! 🙂
I was about 10 when I moved to the states and could never get over the stuff I grew up on in South Africa. I just found your blog and cant wait to try some of ur stuff. Hopefully it will satisfy my South African cravings.
I’m happy you found me Michele! Let me know what you try. (I recommend crunchies and bulkas!)
Thank you for the great post, I tried the recipe out, and linked this page to a blog post. Please go have a read http://domesticatedlife84.com/2014/10/19/crunchies/
Thank you for sharing my recipe Tammy – much appreciated!
I’m a South African living in Germany and I remember eating crunchies as a child.I baked these today and they tasted just like the ones I remember eating back in SA.Thx for sharing your recipe.
My pleasure Sumaya – glad they gave you a taste of SA.
So good! I grew up in South Africa and haven’t been back for 10 years. This took me straight back home!
I couldn’t find unsweetened coconut in the stores here in suburban Chicago, so I used sweetened coconut and cut the sugar added in half. It’s so perfect! The Lyle’s syrup makes it, I almost cried when I saw it in the International Aisle at the grocery store.
Listen, I’m not a cook at all. But I work in a laboratory and I can follow a scientific protocol. You wrote that recipe so detailed, just like a lab procedure. I actually made something good for once, it looks just like your photos and I went into the kitchen to find my husband scarfing down crunchies before they were even cooled. And he doesn’t even like coconut!
Thank you! You’re awesome!
Bethany your review made me smile from ear to ear. Thank you
I have hardly ever baked in my life but have recently found out that I am Gluten intolerant and ,remembering crunchies from my South African childhood thought that I might try (in order to replace the tons of bought biscuits I was prone to consume before the Gluten intolerance).
My question to you Orna(or any reader here)is can I substitute maize flour (called Maizena here in S.Africa) for the conventional wheat flour and would I use the same quantity if this was possible ???
Any help welcome
Hi Dave, I’m afraid I don’t have any experience with gluten free baking, so I can’t give you an informed answer. My first instinct would be to say no. Let me know if you try it, or find a better answer. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. 🙁
Happy to hear it Hazel! (One of my favorite words from the old days in SA
Just wanted to say dankie skattie, your crunchie recipe is a winner! I made a big batch over the weekend for a braai and it was a hit with Saffas and non-Saffas alike. The minute I bit into the warm goodness fresh from the oven I was transported back to childhood. 🙂 They were exactly as I remembered! Thank you for the photos of the process as well, its always nice to know what you’re in for when you start a recipe, though this one is pretty simple, which I love.
Loved your comment and I hope you don’t mind I posted it on my OrnaBakes Facebook page! And then I looked up your name to see if I could tag you – are you friendly with Aubrey Loots? He used to be my hairdresser! Let me know if that’s you! Nice website BTW 😉 Thanks for taking the time to write in… Best, Orna
Well that certainly is flattering! You are more than welcome to post my comment on Facebook, the world needs to hear about these transcendent Crunchies, haha! I will definitely do my bit 🙂 Please do tag me, it would tickle me pink if you could mention Gourmonde as well, its my passion project, featuring modern design from fellow South Africans.
It IS a small world indeed, I can’t believe you know Aubrey! Yes that’s me, my aunt and uncle met Aubs in South Africa just before they left for the US, he was 20 at the time I think. When he moved they all became good friends, I see him often! And of course I go to his Hair Art and Science Academy for my locks too. We are all so proud of how well he is doing, how did you meet him?
Hi, I just wanted to add my bit. I was fortunate enough to grow up with these delicacies. I have just tried this recipe with Lyles Butterscotch syrup. It’s just as nice and slightly different.
Thanks for sharing Brendan! I’ve never even seen Lyle’s Butterscotch syrup – but how could that be bad?!
As an expat living in Canada, ” ‘n boer ma’am ‘n plan!” I use maple syrup instead of Lyle’s or Golden syrup even though I can get those here. I also reduce the sugar to .75 cup and I add 1tsp ground ginger. Makes a delicious crunchy. I’ve also made your version without changes (others Han reducing the sugar to 1c) and it’s just a no fail recipe! Thanks.
Hi Sharon, your Canadian maple-ginger versions sound delish! I’ll have to try them sometime. Thanks for writing in.
Hey there!! Thank you so much for the recipe! I am watching my weight these days and really love krunchies. I was wondering if you know the number of calories in one 100g krunchie? bar
Comment I just love the simplicity of your recipes.. The Crunchies were so easy to make…
Thank you Jenny – happy you like them 🙂
Thanx for receipe.How would I adjust a receipe if I want to use the crumbs (I have a LOT:20 cups) in a muesli rusk receipe and your receipe-adjusting the sugar etc?
I had to substitute the coconut for shredded almonds but it was soooo good. I even broke some of them up and mixed with nuts and raisins to make my own muesli! All in all the most basic yet delicious recipe I have ever used! Thank you so much!
You’re most welcome, Liam! That muesli sounds yummy – might have to try it! 🙂
As a frequent SA visitor and cookie lover 😉 I’d love to make your crunchies. Could you please translate this recipe to European weighing standards? Like in grams? I’m struggeling to get the right balance in my ingredients. But we don’t work with cups and ounces in Holland. I hope you could help me out!
Thanks in advance!
Hi Anouk, it’s been a while since you asked, but I just posted an updated version of my South African Crunchies recipe with gram measurements. Let me know if this helps! https://ornabakes.com/2012/10/crunchies-traditional-south-african-oatmeal-cookie-bars/
Thanks, I leant my Kook en Geniet to a friend now I need this specific recipe
I made thes yesterday and they were great, however very crumbling. I did use quick cooking oats (that was all that I had in my pantry) – is that why it was so crumbly?
Hi Ukesha, you should use regular oats – the quick cooking ones don’t hold up as well – plus they don’t have the same nutritious value 😉 Let me know how they turn out next time.
Hi, where has the recipe gone?
I’m so disappointed!!! This was my favorite crunchie recipe and now it’s gone. My family and colleagues are equally upset!
Please repost the old recipe for crunchies, its most frustrating for those of us who have memory problems!!
Would like the recipe. The recipe I use I find the crunchies very dry and crumbly.
I cant find the actual recipe. South African living in the States just found some south African syrup. Help? Where do I see the recipe?
Oh yes Crunchies are my favorite. South African staying in Harare. Please hurry with the Recipe , I’m all for the sweet but Healthy!
Orna can u post the old crunchies recipe before the new one comes out?
Food looks delicious
Just about to make crunchies
I’m in Perth
Please can you send me the receipe for traditional crunchies.
Also can’t find the recipe on this page …
I can’t find where Ican sign up !
Good day Orna, what temperature and for how long must these be baked? Many thanks
Hi Orna, I visit your site from Pinterest. Glad you are working on a healthier version of the crunchies, but can you still keep the other recipe up? I use Pinterest as my recipe book. My four children love your prior crunchies recipe and so do I. I’m sure the new one will be just as good. I can buy Lyles golden syrup here in Dallas at our local Krogers and in Florida at Publix. It’s pretty common in the States now in the Int’l sections. I just want to make crunchies, please put the recipe up for our use, thank you. ~ Ros.
I NEED SOME CRUCHIE BISCUITS PLEASE IF YOU CANT MIND SEND ME SOME AM IN KENYA.
So I looked and cannot find the recipe. I hate this, being forced to jump through your hoops of advertising. Forget it. I don’t want the recipe that badly. This feels like a really cheesey thing to do. More and more the advertising on the net is ruining what used to be fun.
Looking through other folks’replies, it seems you don’t reply either. Oh well.
Hi Cam, I’m sorry you feel that advertising on blogs is cheesy. I’m afraid it’s the only way to make back some of the $$ we spend when giving out tons of information for free. And also, in regards to my Crunchies recipe. I have a possible opportunity to manufacture them, so it doesn’t make sense for me to leave the recipe out there anymore. Thanks so much for understanding and happy holidays to you. Warmest regards, Orna
I am so glad I am came across your website when I was looking for a good old South Africa version of crunchies
I made it plent of times and my hubby simply loved it so did many others. However I was using the old version you had on this website and I don’t see it anymore would you be so kind to email it to me if possible because I bookmarked your website on my phone and I would refer to the recipe on the your website to make the crunchies I did not learn if of by heart. please if possible could you email it to me to email@example.com
Hope to hear from you soon
Thank you for you sweet and kind way of asking for the recipe. Unfortunately I am not able to give it out at this time because I may have an opportunity to manufacture them. But I know there are other versions out there that I’m sure are quite delicious. My very best to you. – Orna
Ridiculous. You should remove the pin.
Looks very yummy nd healthy
Dankie vir die resep ek is nie n bakster nie, maar probeer gereeld nuwe resepte, maar ek kan nie die crunchies se metode vind nie.
When is the new recipe coming? My kids are anxious to try it
Hello Orna, are you still working on the new recipe?
I had checked a while ago and was expecting to see the new recipe up by now? Just checking tho. Please let me know. Thank you .
Good morning. I love cooking and baking and it is a wonderful stress reliever when I’m busy in the kitchen. I would love to have your oatmeal crunchie recipe.
Love and light
but where is the recipe???
but where is the crunchie recipe???
Where are the instructions Orna?
Please mail me your crunchie recipe.
Hi…Plz mail me ur crunchie biscuit recipe..thanks in advance…
share the recipe please, South African oatmeal bars.
Hi Cathy, I am hoping to have the Crunchies recipe up on the website and on my YouTube channel in the near future. Stay tuned.
CommentHi Orna, I will love to have most of your home made bakes. may I have crunchie recipe plz.
Thank you Nelly – I am hoping to have the Crunchies recipe posted in the near future.
Recipe instructions for your Traditional South African Oatmeal Cookie Bars.
I have the ingredients, but need instructions on adding ingredients and baking degrees and
P.s. they sound delicious! I am baking them for a Women’s Club program about South Africa.
Just wondering I can not find how to mix all the ingredients and what size pan and how long to bake it and temp
Hi Ned Cauchy recipe and a rusk recipe
These are delicious! I used the sweet, shredded coconut available here in the US and added a dash of vanilla. Next time, I’ll reduce the brown sugar and butter by 25%. The flavor is to die for, seriously. Crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Just a little too buttery and moist. I’m sure that’s due to the added sugar and moisture in my coconut. Very forgiving. I took it out after 25 minutes and it was very wet inside. I moved it to a 9×13 inch pan, spread it out to fill and back in oven for 10 minutes. Then cooled on a sheet pan. They are irresistibly good. Even after all that! Thank you for sharing!
So glad you liked them! Thank you for taking the time to comment ?
The absolute best recipe on the web!
Absolute best comment I’ve ever gotten! ❤️ Thank you kindly ?❤️?
You didn’t state how much butter or syrup to use. It looks like a pound of butter but I’m not sure.
1 cup (227g) of unsalted butter – if you look at the recipe at the bottom of the post it lists all ingredients and amounts. But yes – I forgot to mention the amount in the YouTube video (oops). Hope that helps!
Thank you for sharing your recipe! I haven’t had Crunchies in years!! Unfortunately they didn’t turn out crunchy at all, except for the edges. More like a chewy texture. Can I rescue these by putting them back in the oven like rusks? Any advice would be very welcome. Thank you!
Yes! You can definitely rescue them! You can cut them up and then put back in a low oven for 10 – 20 minutes – just try one to test if it’s ready! Did you use the right baking pan – if they were thicker that’s why they might be more chewy so it just needs to bake longer. Let me know how they turn out.
Recipes sounds amazing, can’t wait to try!