Romany Creams

My first batch of Romany Creams were a little to chubby. But, Dave and I made do, and devoured all of them. The second lot worked out perfectly which I was well pleased about. For those of you who have not heard of them, Romany Creams are a classic South African chocolate and coconut biscuit. They have to be crunchy with a good layer of chocolate.

Romany Creams
Romany Creams
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I have an electric toothbrush that is possessed! In April I went up to see my parents and sister. The night I arrived my toothbrush would not work. I had charged it fully before I left and had not taken the charger with me. I loathe using it without the vibration and so the next morning I went to buy an ordinary toothbrush. Well, not so ordinary as it has a battery in it, and pulses. This is not as powerful as my electric one, but I made do. The day I got back home I pressed the power button by mistake, and it worked! I was not impressed, and thought maybe I had not turned it on properly when I was away. The following week when I went back to Johannesburg I had the same problem.

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I thought that maybe I had turned it on during the flight in error. Just before we left for overseas I charged the toothbrush and packed it in our overnight bag. At midnight, on our second flight, I went to go and brush my teeth. And the toothbrush did not work! I think there is something about the aeroplane and the toothbrush that affects the battery. Well, that is my story, and I am sticking to it. Logically I know this is not possible but, it has happened once too often. I have decided that it is not worth the risk and so have swapped toothbrushes. My toothbrush is bright pink so we will be travelling with a little bit of colour in future.

Romany Creams

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Romany Creams

You can double up on the chocolate layer if you want to make these sweeter
Recipe Category: Baking
Makes enough for: 1 batch biscuits
All Rights Reserved: an original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 15 g cocoa powder
  • 125 mls boiling water
  • 250 g butter, cubed
  • 130 g coconut sugar
  • 290 g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 135 g desiccated coconut, lightly toasted
  • 100 g dark chocolate


  • Preheat the oven to 180°Celsius
  • Pour the cocoa powder into a small mixing bowl and whisk in the boiling water until the cocoa dissolves, then set aside to cool
  • Place the butter and sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer and cream until light and fluffy
  • Add the cocoa and beat for 1 minute, then slowly add the flour with the mixer on a slow speed
  • Do the same with the desiccated coconut and mix until the dough comes together
  • Roll into small balls * and place onto a lined baking tray
  • Flatten with a fork lightly dusted in flour, and place the tray into the oven and bake for 15 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and transfer the biscuits onto a wire rack to cool completely
  • Melt the chocolate in the microwave and then sandwich the biscuits together
  • Allow to cool and harden completely before serving.


* You can use a piping bag without a nozzle for this. Cut a 2.5cm round hole and pipe 2cm lengths
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17 thoughts on “Romany Creams

  1. Tandy, I think this is the best recipe you have ever posted on your blog! It just suits my taste buds entirely in every single way. Oh, my love for chocolate and coconut. And now you have me wondering about South African chocolate! Swooning over this one….

  2. I think I mentioned on FB that I’d never heard of Romany Creams. A mysterious name from a time gone by. I like the sound of them and the fact that hey are crunchy. I wonder is they are somewhat similar to Arnott’s ‘Kingstons’ that we have in Aus. Your sister would be able to confirm or deny. As to the toothbrush, we’ve had similar issues. I think it happens when they are coming to the end of their lives.

  3. Bad toothbrush! I’ve never had Romany Creams, but they sounds wonderful. I love making cookies and if I can round-up all the ingredients here, I’ll be making a batch or two.

    1. Coconut sugar or coconut blossom sugar is a low GI sugar. It is brown in colour and is available at most local health stores. But you can use castor sugar or brown sugar for this recipe, as you wish 🙂

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