Melt in your mouth Indonesian Pineapple Cookies a.k.a Nastar

Friday, February 10, 2017

 pineapple cookies recipe
I grew up eating this cookies. Every time we go back to Indonesia we always brought some boxes but they only last for a few weeks. So I decided to make it myself. After many not so successful attempts, I ended up with this recipe which won my hubby and kids' approval. Mission accomplished!

I adapted the recipe using ingredients easy to find in the U.S.

The tedious process of molding the cookies one by one:
Glazing each one with egg yolk before baking them in the oven
Twenty minutes later: Ta-da!

Indonesian Pineapple Cookies a.k.a Nastar
Printable Recipe
Pineapple Jam ingredients:
1 pineapple, cut off the skin and inner spikes, cut into 1 inch square (about 500 gr pineapple chunks)
1 tsp vanilla extract
100 gr sugar
dash of ground cinnamon
2 cloves

Cookies Ingredients: 

250 gr unsalted butter at room temperature
50 gr powdered sugar
3 egg yolks
250 all-purpose flour
50 gr corn starch
2 Tbs milk powder
1 egg yolk  for glazing, beat with fork

To make pineapple jam:
1.   Puree the pineapple using food processor or blender.
2.   Place all ingredients inside a sauce pan. Heat the pan in medium heat until boiling while stirring with wooden spatula.
3.   Turn own the heat to low then continue stirring occasionally until the mixture turned into gel-like texture (about 30+ minutes)
4.   Let it cools, place it inside a container then refrigerate until you are ready to make the rest of the cookies.

To make the cookies:
1.   Place dry ingredients: flour, corn starch, and milk powder in a bowl, mix with wooden spatula. Set aside
2.   Using an electronic mixer, mix the butter and sugar until pale white
3.   Add the egg yolks one by one while continue mixing it.
4.   Turn off the mixer, add the dry ingredients then mix them all with wooden spatula.
5.   Heat the oven to 300 degree Fahrenheit. Prepare a cookie pan lined with parchment paper
6.   Take a small amount (about 7 grams), place it in your hand, and shape it into small ball.
7.   Make a small hole, place the jam inside, close up the hold by pinching the dough.
8.   Place them on the cookie pan.
9.   Glaze each one with beaten egg yolk, 1 teaspoon left over cookie ingredients, and 1 tablespoon milk 
10. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes


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