Best-Ever Pineapple Cookies
Best-ever pineapple cookies or pineapple tarts – buttery, crumbly and melt-in-your-mouth pastry with pineapple filling, the best pineapple tarts ever | rasamalaysia.com
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Every year before Chinese New Year, I would bake trays and trays of pineapple tarts, a must-have Chinese New Year cookies in Malaysia, my home country. Just like Turkey to Thanksgiving, no Chinese New Year is complete without pineapple tarts.
Called “Nastar” in local language, pineapple tarts are basically a cookie with a pineapple filling, in a buttery and crumbly pastry. They are mostly referred as pineapple tarts in Malaysia and Singapore. Some call them pineapple cakes (but they are not really cakes), pineapple shortcakes, pineapple cookies, or pineapple pastries. Regardless of its name, they are ABSOLUTELY delicious and the most AMAZING cookie ever. The filling is from fresh and juicy pineapple, which is cooked and reduced to a golden-color pineapple jam filling. No words can describe just how awesome they taste, and I can’t think of any, ANY, cookies that would top this. Simple as that.
Best-Ever Pineapple Cookies (Pineapple Tarts)
Serves 12 (yields 100) | Prep Time: 2 hours | Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Adapted from: Nasi Lemak Lover
3 sticks butter (350 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 1/2 oz (100 g) sweetened condensed milk
2 egg yolks
18 oz (500 g) all-purpose flour or plain flour
2 whole pineapples (8 lbs / 3 1/2 kg) or 5 lbs (2 1/2 kg) pineapple flesh
1/2 tablespoon cloves, optional
1 – 1 1/2 cups (250 – 300 g) sugar, or to taste
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 egg yolks
1/4 teaspoon condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon oil
Cut the stalk off the pineapple and follow by the skin. Make sure all divits are removed. Slice the pineapple flesh into pieces and blend in a blender until they become puree. Add the pineapple puree and cloves to a non-stick pot and cook on medium heat, constantly stirring to avoid burning. When the pineapple is almost dry, add the sugar and lemon juice, stir to combine well. Lower the heat to simmer and continue to stir until the pineapple filling turns golden in color and becomes very sticky. Transfer the pineapple filling out, remove the cloves and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Cream the butter and condensed milk until light and fluffy. Add in the egg yolk one at a time, and beat until well combined. Mix in the flour slowly to form the pastry dough. The dough is ready when it no longer sticks to your hands.
Prepare the egg wash by mixing all the ingredients together in a small bowl.
Divide the pineapple filling and dough into 100 portions. Roll them both into balls. To wrap, use your palms to roll each dough and then flatten it.
Add a pineapple ball in the middle and fold the edges of the dough up to cover the filling.
Finish it off by rolling it into a round ball.
Place the pineapple cookie on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using the back of a paring knife, cut the criss-cross shape on the cookie, and brush the top of the cookie with the egg wash, twice. Repeat the same until all ingredients are used up.
Bake in a preheated oven at 330F (165C) for about 20-22 minutes or until they turn golden brown. Transfer them out and cool on a wire crack before storing in an airtight container.
The pineapples filling is good for two batches of pineapple tarts. You can keep the pineapple filling in the fridge.