Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pineapple cookies

Husband had been asking me for ages when I`d make him pineapple cookies. These cookies are famously known in Indonesia as "Nastar" and apparently one of his favorites. About 3 months ago. he even bribed me with a brand new microwave oven I`ve always wanted, or maybe I made him to, hahah! After running out of excuses and feeling bad for keeping him waiting, last night I finally made the cookies, first time in my life. I even decided to make the pineapple jam by myself. Luckily, the pineapple I bought at the supermarket has a small paper sticking on it for the instruction on cutting the fresh pineapple. I completely had no idea what to do without it :p

Here is what I needed for the jam:
- One fresh pineapple
- 100 g sugar
- Cinnamon powder

1. Cut the pineapple, put into blender or food processor, and puree it.
2. Transfer the puree to saucepan and put it on low heat. Stir it occasionally while the juice is evaporating. Keep stirring it when the puree starts getting thickened. This may take like 40 minutes or so.
3. When there`s no juice/water left, add a pinch of cinnamon powder.

For the dough:
- 130 g butter/margarine
- 40 g sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 60 g grated cheddar cheese
- 200 g soft flour
- Minced almond for topping

1. Place softened butter and sugar into a mixing bowl and cream them until the mixture`s color turns pale
2. Add egg yolks to the batter and keep mixing
3. Add flour with spoon gradually
4. Dough is ready when the dough doesn`t stick on the mixing bowl or spatula
5. Get a small amount of dough (mine was 15 g) and flattened it on your palm
6. Place one half of tsp of jam on the middle of the dough
7. Wrap the jam with the dough and shape it into a ball
8. Place the balls on cookie pan and sprinkle the almond on top
9. Preheat oven at 160 C
10. Bake in the oven for 25 mins

Some recipes I found use more sugar for the dough. But I prefer to use less sugar because the jam is sweet enough. The cookies have sweet (but not too sweet) cheesy flavor which goes perfectly nice with the sweet sour jam. And the most importantly (for me), he loved the cookies :))))


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