Kue Putri Salju – Indonesian Snow White butter cookies

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Kue Putri Salju

Kue Putri Salju literally means Snow White cookies.  But, I personally prefer to call them Snow White Butter Cookies because they’re quite buttery.

They’re popular cookies in Indonesia. Especially for festive celebrations such as Eid, Christmas, etc. 

There are many versions and recipes for these cookies. But after trying so many of them, I’m content with the recipe I’m sharing with you here.

Because not only this recipe doesn’t require many ingredients, but it also uses simple methods. 


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A jar of snow white butter cookies

Butter cookies that scrumptiously addictive

Scrumptious butter cookies are all you need for your festive sweeties, right? 

If you love crumbly cookies that melt in your mouth, then you must try this Snow White Butter Cookies. And please tell me that you don’t like them. Kidding. I’m convinced 250% that you’ll be addicted to them and fight over them with your loved ones😃 .

I’m not bragging here. It’s just because everyone who ever got their hands on these delicious cookies ended up loving them. 

The downside of this is that your hard work in making them will vanish in thin air very quickly 😆. Because the cookies won’t stay there in the jar for too long. Unless of course, you hide them very well.

Allow me to go off on a tangent.

Let me tell you. Years ago when I was single and free 😄… I used to make these butter cookies for family and friends during our Eid festive seasons. 

Once, I made these cookies for one of my best friends who was pregnant at the time. She was craving for them. So, I made them for her as a part of my Eid presents. 

Obviously, she was over the moon to receive those cookies, and I was pleased for her contentment.

But, I didn’t know until a few weeks later that those innocent little cookies were causing trouble between my friend and her husband. 

Apparently, she refused to share the cookies with anybody. Including her hubby. Believe it or not, this caused arguments between them that the hubby was sulking. And they didn’t speak to each other for a few days.

When they told me, I was like….whaaaattt????

Since then, whenever I made them Snow White Butter Cookies for her, I’d make sure I gave them two jars. One for my friend. One for her hubby. Honestly😅.

The only three ingredients for Kue Putri Salju

three ingredients to make kue putri salju - snow white butter cookies

The best thing about these Snow White cookies is that you only need three simple ingredients that you’ll have in your kitchen cupboard/pantry most of the time. 

To make these Butter Cookies, you only need butter, plain flour, and icing sugar/powdered sugar. That’s it. Only. Three. Things.

Doesn’t it sound simple? 😊

How to make Snow White butter cookies

I promise you it’s soooo easy to make these Kue Putri Salju that even your four-year-old child can do it. 

Now I mentioned it, this cookie making is a perfect choice for one of your activities with your children at home during school holidays as well. An activity to keep them busy and to bond with you at the same time.

mixing the ingredients of kue putri salju
1. Mix the butter and flour
the dough of snow white butter cookies
2. Lightly knead the dough
Kue putri salju - snow butter cookies dough ready to bake
3. Cut the cookie dough into a crescent shape
ready baked snow white cookies
4. Baked Snow White Cookies
ready baked kue putri salju coated with icing sugar
5. Kue Putri Salju coated with icing sugar

Back to the cookie making.

Firstly, cut the butter in small pieces and mix it with flour. Using your hands or a food processor, mix the flour and butter until they look like breadcrumbs. Take care not to knead them, please.

Secondly, pat and knead the mixture until everything comes together as lightly and quickly as possible. And put the dough inside a folded baking paper/ greaseproof paper. Then roll over the paper until your dough is about 1 cm/0.39-inch thick. Cut in any shape you like. Though the crescent shape is the most popular one in Indonesia.

Thirdly, bake the cookies at preheated oven at gas 4/ 180° C/ 350° F for about 20 minutes or until they look light golden in colour. Let them cooled.

Lastly, when your cookies are fully and thoroughly cooled, coat them in icing sugar.   

Top tips on making Indonesian Snow White butter cookies

  • If you live in a warm or hot place on this globe, do make sure your butter is cold. Because you don’t want the butter to melt and runny when you mix it with the flour. I find that if the butter melts when you make the dough, the cookies will be less crumbly and hard.
  • If you have a food processor, you can blitz the flour and butter cubes for few times. Until they look teeny tiny crumbles like breadcrumbs. If you use hand to mix, rub the flour and butter with your fingers. Make sure you do it quickly and stop working on it as soon as it looks like breadcrumbs. And don’t knead the dough. We don’t want to cause the gluten in the flour to dance around. That will make the cookies come out cakey and hard.
  • Always use salted butter, because the salt will enhance the flavour 😉.
  • Don’t worry if the dough is a bit crumbly. I know it can be a bit messy. But it’s okay. Just use a piece of greaseproof paper/ baking paper. Fold it and put the dough inside the folded paper. So you roll the dough over the paper. This way, not only will you reduce the mess, it’ll be easier for you to roll too. When you are finished, you can just fold the mess and throw the paper in the trash bin.
  • When you roll the dough, try not to pat too much. As long the flour and butter come together, it should be good.
  • You can make and wrap these beautiful Snow White butter cookies in a cookie jar or clear cellophane bags, and tie the jar/bag with a nice ribbon. There, you’ll have a very personal gift for your loved ones.
  • These Kue Putri Salju look pretty and sweet in a jar. They will also be a lovely addition to your festive decorations.

Indonesian snow white cookies - Kue Putri Salju

Indonesian Snow White Butter Cookies - Kue Putri Salju

Yield: 50 pieces
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

If you love crumbly cookies that melt in your mouth, then you must try this Snow White Butter Cookies. And please tell me that you don’t like them. Because you'll be crazy about them 😄

Ingredients

  • 500 grams Plain flour sieved
  • 375 grams Butter cut in small cubes
  • 250 grams Icing sugar/ powdered sugar sieved

Instructions

  1. Put the flour and cubed butter in a mixing bowl. Rub the butter and flour between your fingertips until they look like breadcrumbs. You can also use a food processor to do this. Blitz and whiz for several times. But don't let it run on. Otherwise, the flour and butter will be like a sticky dough. You just want them to resemble breadcrumbs.
  2. And quickly mix and lightly knead just until everything comes together.
  3. Put the dough inside a folded greaseproof paper. Roll over the paper until the dough is about ½ inch in thickness. Then cut using a cookie cutter of your choice. I use a crescent shape.
  4. Line the baking trays with greaseproof paper. Preheat the oven at Gas 4/ 180° C/ 350° F.Then put the cut cookie dough on a lined baking tray. Make sure you space them all with the same gaps.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the cookies light golden.
  6. Let the cookies completely cooled.
  7. Then coat the cookies with sieved icing sugar, and sprinkle the sugar over the cookies after you put them in a jar/container.
  8. Enjoy.

Notes

  • If you live in a warm or hot place on this globe, do make sure your butter is cold. Because you don’t want the butter to melt and runny when you mix it with the flour. I find that if the butter melts when you make the dough, the cookies will be less crumbly and hard.
  • If you have a food processor, you can blitz the flour and butter cubes for few times. Until they look teeny tiny crumbles like breadcrumbs. If you use hand to mix, rub the flour and butter with your fingers. Make sure you do it quickly and stop working on it as soon as it looks like breadcrumbs. And don’t knead the dough. We don’t want to cause the gluten in the flour to dance around. That will make the cookies come out cakey and hard.
  • Always use salted butter, because the salt will enhance the flavor 😉.
  • Don’t worry if the dough is a bit crumbly. I know it can be a bit messy. But it’s okay. Just use a piece of greaseproof paper/ baking paper. Fold it and put the dough inside the folded paper. So you roll the dough over the paper. This way, not only will you reduce the mess, it’ll be easier for you to roll too. When you are finished, you can just fold the mess and throw the paper in the trash bin.
  • When you roll the dough, try not to pat too much. As long the flour and butter come together, it should be good.

Nutrition Information
Yield 50 Serving Size 1 Amount Per Serving Calories 119Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 16mgSodium 49mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 0gSugar 7gProtein 1g

The nutrition calculation you find here is just a guide provided by online nutrition calculator. You should not use to substitute advice from nutritionists or health practitioners.

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I hope you’re now interested to try this recipe. 

You’ll love these cookies because you can adjust the sweetness to however much you want. Sometimes, I’d leave some cookies without coating them with powdered icing sugar. Because they actually taste lovely even without the sugar. And perfect for those who prefer them as savoury, like my husband.

You can make your Snow White Butter Cookies a few weeks before your festive celebrations such as Christmas, Eid, Hanukkah, Diwali, Halloween, etc. 

I promise you, you won’t need any other “sweeties” for your celebration party. With one condition though, only if those cookies managed to last until your party day😃 .

Do let me know when you tried the recipe. And tell me whether you love the cookies.

And before you go, you may want to check my other recipes that you may love for your festive celebrations.

Thank you and all the best.

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  1. Yummy biscuits and cake

    1. Devy Devy Author says:

      Thank you

  2. Wow!! These were so simple and easy and yet SOOOO delicious! Already planning when to make the next batch 🙂 Thank you for sharing Devy!

    1. Devy Dar Devy Dar Author says:

      Thank you. I’m glad you like it 👍

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