Nastar Cookies: Indonesian Pineapple Tarts That Melt In The Mouth

Indonesian Kue Nastar - pineapple tarts on a wooden chopping board.

Nastar cookies are about buttery flaky pastries with refreshingly sweet tangy pineapple jam filling. Simply moreish bitesize cookie that melts in the mouth.

Nastar = Pineapple Tart

Nastar is basically the rich buttery shortcrust pastry with homemade sweet pineapple jam as the filling. And it is what you call Pineapple tarts in English

The difference is that pineapple tarts are shaped like mini pies. While Kue Nastar is more like cookies and shaped in either a small ball shape or crescent, etc.  And filled with pineapple jam.

They are crumbly and have a finger-food kind of size. Similar to cookies.

These cookies are so well-known in Indonesia. Especially during festive seasons such as Eid or Christmas. 

Almost every household will make or buy the cookies as a part of the celebration. Hence, hundreds of recipe versions claim the best. Mine included.

The recipe that I’m sharing here will help you make delicious cookies with decadent pineapple jam filling. And the crumbs just deliciously melt in the mouth.

Nastar cookies on a wooden chopping board.

Simple Ingredients

The best thing about this recipe that I really love is that it doesn’t use too many ingredients. 

In total, you only need 5 items that are butter, flour, egg yolk and vanilla extract, plus the pineapple jam. As for the jam, you only need pineapple, sugar and vanilla

So basically, you just need 6 items to buy. Simple, isn’t it?

How To Make Scrumptious Kue Nastar

As the name explains, these cookies need pineapple jam. And you need homemade pineapple jam to ensure the quality is right.

Because the shop-bought jam usually has a light consistency that makes the cookie dough wet and potentially is soggy. 

If you never made the jam yourself, no worries. You can check my pineapple jam recipe, as it’s so easy to follow that you can make the jam right from the first attempt. 

When you have your jam ready, you can proceed to make these mouth-watering cookies. I promise you, it’s very straightforward. 

photo collage of mixing butter and flour.

Firstly, you want to rub the butter and flour with your fingertips until they resemble fine breadcrumbs. 

Secondly, you add the beaten egg yolk and vanilla extract to the flour mix. Then quickly mix until the two just come together. Do not fret about the dough not being smooth. Because as you keep working on it, it will smoothen itself. 

photo collage of making cookie dough and fill it with pineapple jam.

Thirdly, you roll out the dough into 3mm/ 0.12 inch thick rolled pastry. Then cut it into circles using a 5 cm/ 2 inches in diameter round cookie cutter. 

Place a teaspoon of pineapple jam onto each circle. Then seal and cover the jam with the pastry edges. Shape and roll it into a small ball.

Last but not least, place the cookie balls on a baking tray and brush the egg wash on them. Bake the cookies at gas 4/ or 180° C/ 350° F temperature for about 20 minutes or until they are light golden in colour and look fully cooked.

photo collage of making Kue Nastar - the Indonesian pineapple tarts.

Top Tips To Make The Melt In The Mouth Pineapple Tarts

  • Don’t be tempted to knead the dough. Because we don’t want to cause the gluten to dance and rise too much. If that happens, the cookies will not be as crumbly and crispy. Instead, it will be hard.
  • Try to work on the dough as quickly as possible. 
  • Make sure your pineapple jam is as dry as possible without any juice left.

Storing Tips

Keep the cookies in a tight-lidded cookie jar. They keep well for months. Roughly about 2-3 months if you can help yourself not to finish them all. 

And please make sure you store the jar in a dry-cool place. Because the heat, cold or dampness can cause the pineapple tarts to turn mouldy. 

This Kue Nastar makes a lovely present too. A present with a personal touch that your loved ones or whoever receives it will be so happy. 

More scrumptious recipe ideas

Thank you for checking this Nastar Cookies recipe out. I hope you’ll want to try it out. When you do, I’ll really appreciate it if you can share what you think about it in the comments below.

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Before you go, don’t forget to check out my other cookie recipes that you may like.

Thank you and all the best.

Yield: 40 cookies.

Nastar Cookies: Indonesian Pineapple Tarts That Melt In The Mouth

Nastar cookies - Indonesian pineapple tarts.

Nastar is basically the rich buttery shortcrust pastry with homemade sweet pineapple jam as the filling.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • ¾ cup + 2 tbsp/ 200 gr/ 7.05 oz salted butter at room temperature, diced.
  • 2 cups/ 300 gr/ 10.58 oz/ 0.66 lb plain flour/ all purpose flour.
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional).
  • 1 recipe for pineapple jam.
  • Cloves (optional).


  1. Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl and add the diced butter.
  2. Rub the butter and flour with your fingertips until they become like fine breadcrumbs. You can also use a food processor if you want to do it quickly. But take care not to process it for too long. 
  3. Add vanilla extract (if using) and quickly mix until the dough just comes together. Do not be tempted to knead it.
  4. Preheat the oven at gas 4/ or 180° C/ 350° F temperature.
  5. Prepare and line a few cookie baking trays.
  6. Dust the work surface with a small amount of flour. Roll the dough into a 3 mm/ 0.12 inch thick. 
  7. Using a 5 cm/ 2 inches in diameter round cookie cutter, cut the rolled dough into circles. 
  8. Put about a teaspoon of pineapple jam onto each circle. And close and cover the jam with the pastry and roll it into a small round ball. Then place the ball dough on the tray.
  9. Beat the other egg yolk and brush the cookie balls with this egg wash. 
  10. Insert one clove in every cookie.
  11. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the cookies are golden in colour. 


  • As much as you may get tempted, avoid trying to knead the dough. Because you don’t want to cause the gluten in the flour to rise and make the cookies hard. 
  • Try your best to roll the dough out at uniform thickness. So the cookies will be cooked at the same time with the same quality of crumbliness. 

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 81Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 20mgSodium 33mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 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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  1. Coincidentally I made Pineapple Jam yesterday for the first time ever (with no pectin
    Iike yours) and it is just wonderful, my favorite jam by far. Then i ran across your site this evening and now I can’t wait to make these tomorrow for sure. Thank you from Canada 🇨🇦

    1. Sorry for the late response. But I do hope your cookies turned out well to your liking. All the best from the UK.

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