Nastar / Pineapple Cookies. Puree the pineapple with either food processor or blender (don't add any water). Boil pineapple puree with cinnamon, cloves, and brown sugar on medium heat. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until the pineapple jam is really thick.
Pineapple cookies are traditional treats in Indonesia and some of its neighboring countries. They are called "nastar", which is an abbreviation for pineapple tart in Indonesian language. These cookies are filled with spiced pineapple jam and they are popular for their melt-in-the-mouth texture. You can have Nastar / Pineapple Cookies using 16 ingredients and 13 steps. Here is how you achieve that.
Ingredients of Nastar / Pineapple Cookies
- It’s of Pineapple jam.
- Prepare of pineapple without peels.
- Prepare of whole cloves *optional or adjust to taste.
- You need of cinnamon stick *optional or adjust to taste.
- Prepare of granulated sugar.
- You need of Cookie dough.
- It’s of unsalted butter.
- You need of margarine.
- It’s of icing sugar.
- You need of large egg yolk.
- Prepare of custard powder *can replace with cornstarch.
- Prepare of all-purpose flour.
- It’s of Egg wash.
- Prepare of large egg yolk.
- It’s of vegetable oil.
- You need of sweetened condensed milk.
Christmas is coming soon and it's time to make Christmas cookies, and this is really very traditional in my home country Indonesia, when Christmas day or Eid day coming we always make this yummy cookies. Pineapple cookies or nastar are small, bite-size pastries filled with or topped with pineapple jam, found in different parts of Asia. Great recipe for Nastar / Pineapple Cookies. Pineapple cookies are traditional treats in Indonesia and some of its neighboring countries.
Nastar / Pineapple Cookies instructions
- Pineapple jam: Grate the pineapple or blend with a food processor. Transfer the shredded pineapple and its juice along with cinnamon stick and cloves into a heavy-bottom pan. Cook over medium heat and stir occasionally until the liquid is gone..
- Add sugar and continue cooking until it has a thick jam consistency but with no liquid. Keep stirring towards the end so it does not burn..
- Remove from the pan and cool it to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (up to a week). It will become easier to handle and less sticky..
- Divide the pineapple jam evenly into 32 pieces (6g each). Roughly roll each into a ball. Refrigerate until needed..
- Cookie dough: Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and margarine together for 1 minute on medium speed. Add sugar and beat for another minute just to combine..
- Add egg yolk and mix briefly for 10 seconds. Then sieve the custard powder and flour into the bowl. Mix until it forms a uniform dough. If the dough feels sticky, add a little more flour (1 teaspoon at a time). Add butter if it's dry. It should be easily formed into a ball without crumbling or sticking..
- Divide the dough into 32 pieces (8g each). Shape each into a ball..
- Press the ball in between your palms to make a thin disk. Place 1 piece of pineapple jam on the center. Wrap it and pinch the edges closed. Roll it back into a ball and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with the rest..
- Bake in a preheated oven at 300°F (150°C) for 30 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack before applying egg wash for the second bake..
- Egg wash: Whisk together all of the ingredients to fully combine..
- Brush each of the cookies with the egg wash. After the first coat has set, apply a second coat. These multiple coats will conceal any visible cracks and create a shiny yellow crust..
- Return into the oven at 325°F (160°C) and bake for 10-15 minutes until slightly brown. Let cool then enjoy!.
These pineapple cookies called Kue Nenas or Kue Nastar in Indonesian, is one of the most popular traditional sweets to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The reason they are made and consumed during this time is because in the Hokkien language " ong lain " means " golden pear " and symbolizes prosperity, fortune and luck. Nastar (Indonesian Pineapple-filled Cookies) Nastar or pineapple-filled cookie is one of the classic popular cookies in Indonesia. You will see it everywhere during Chrismast, Chinese New Year, and Eid-al-Fitr. And for me, Eid-al-Fitr is not complete without this Nastar cookies.