Langley Family Christmas: Boterkoek (buttercake)

Grace Storteboom is 85 and still makes boterkoek for her family. It's a favourite of her son Rudy, a City councillor.

  • Dec. 9, 2015 6:00 a.m.


2 cups butter

2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons almond extract

2 eggs, beaten

4 cups flour

sliced almonds, optional garnish

In medium bowl, mix together all ingredients but save half an egg to spread on top.

Spread into lightly greased cookie sheet.

Bake in oven at 350F for 30 minutes or until done (firm to the touch).

This is a dense cake, but should be soft on the inside and hard on the outside, but not too hard.

Dutch Boterkoek partners well with a good cup of coffee.

from Grace Storteboom


Grace, 85, is the mother of Langley City Councillor Rudy Storteboom. When he was asked for a favourite Christmas recipe, his mother’s buttercake was his choice.

“It was a special treat for Christmas,” Grace said.

The family was still in Holland during the Second World War.

“I’m now 85 years old… that was in the ’40s, you know.”

They were able to make this holiday treat because they were on a farm and could still get the necessary milk, eggs and flour.

“It was in the northern part and we had it a little bit easier. In the southern part of Holland, they had real war.”

Rudy explained that “Boterkoek (Buttercake) is a fairly simple holiday treat that is a festive favourite for our family and many from the Dutch community who are here in Canada.

“Mom (Oma) remembers making Boterkoek as a young girl in the Netherlands.”

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