Pineapple Tarts / Nastar Cookies with Video

Welcome the Lunar year / Chinese New Year with soft, melt-in-mouth Pineapple Tarts / Nastar Cookies

Pineapple tarts

Another celebration is looming....
Monday, February 8th (number eight is an auspicious number to the Chinese - it represent wealth *big grin*)... the start of another New Year, Chinese New Year!
We'll be welcoming the Year of a Monkey :D

Chinese New Year (CNY) is also known as Spring Festival has more than 4000 years of history. Its just like Christmas to the Western world, where family get together, we call it "Family Re-union". It's more of a tradition than religious celebration.
The youngs will be heading home to their parents home... and there'll be lots of cooking, eating, mingling with extended family members and catching up with friends.
For children, young adults and unmarried... their pockets will be heavy with small red packets/ envelopes contains $$$.

Pineapple tarts

All I could see on my newsfeed on FB ... everyone is busy baking and sharing CNY cookie recipes. Feels like I am slacking... have not even started planning yet, may be because the CNY ambience is not felt here... no CNY songs playing in the radio, not CNY tv commercial to jump start my mood 'sigh'... and no long traffic jam packed road to endure :(

There is nothing in my pantry that screams... "hey!!! Its going to be Chinese New Year soon!!!"
These lips-smacking... melt-in-the-mouth cookies were baked as Christmas gifts to my lovely neighbours.

I will do a post on what we usually feast during the first 15 days of Chinese New Year...
Promise... next post :D

Till then...

Pineapple Tarts / Nastar Cookies


    250g / 8.8 oz butter
    40g / 1.4 oz icing sugar
    2 egg yolks
    1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    350 g / 12.3 oz plain flour
    20 g / 0.7 oz cornflour
    extra yolk for egg wash

To make Pineapple Jam - click here
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180C. 
  2. Cream butter with icing sugar till creamy. 
  3. Add vanilla paste/ essence and egg yolk. 
  4. Whisk again to mix well. 
  5. Add cornflour and plain flour. 
  6. Use a spatula to mix till just combine. 
  7. Using a nastar mould, press out the dough. 
  8. Place pineapple jam and roll to enclose to jam. 
  9. Brush with egg wash. 
  10. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes. 


  1. Replies
    1. :D. It is a CNY classic. Must lots of 'Ong' or luck during CNY ;P

  2. pineapple cakes are one of the things i don't even think about trying to make at home! but they look so easy (your video was gorgeous, by the way!) that i'm feeling inspired to try them this new year (:

  3. Lisa, I knew this is going to be a good one just by going through the recipe. I tried one without the cornflour(same recipe), its good but still not satisfying. I guarantee I'm going to love it. Enjoy & have fun baking !
    Blessings, Kristy

    1. Hi Kristy,
      Yes I have tried one without the magic flour(cornflour) ... didn't taste as good

      Gong Xi FaCai

    2. Just mentioned you on my latest post >o<

  4. I love pineapple! These looks like such easy treats to make, can't wait to try!

  5. I've never seen these before, but they look wonderful. I think I need to eat some for a great new year!

    1. Asian grocer near you may have some around this time of the year...worth checking it out.

  6. My mom is flying over to spend Chinese New Year with us and her grandkids in Dubai so I can't wait! I will try to convince her to make this recipe with me - looks wonderful.

  7. I love pineapples and such a unique way for incorporating it into a cookie. Looks so easy to make and I am definitely going to try it :-)

  8. Can this recipe be used for open-top pineapple tarts?

    1. I can't say for sure...have yet to try making open top pineapple tarts using this recipe. The dough is soft.

    2. yours similar to my recipe for open tart.
      200g butter
      300g flour
      2 egg yolk
      4 tbs corn flour
      3 tbs icing sugar
      1 tbs ghee

      instead of mix butter n sugar sampai kembang. i guna breadcrumbs method
      give it a try :) dough need to rest in fridge for 30 min.

  9. this i must try soon

    Reen Nasreen

  10. How many tarts does this recipe make? I have 2 fresh pineapples that are relatively large, just hoping I don't get much leftover dough or filling. Thanks!

    1. Hi Sandy,
      Approximately 80 pcs but it all depends on the filling. The bigger the ball the more dough is used hence less number of tarts :D

    2. Hi Lisa,
      This pastry is really melt in the mouth and so soft! It does make quite a big batch. I only managed to use half of it for the amount of filling that I had (about 500g). What do you suggest I do with the rest of the dough? Do you have other recipes that use the dough like this?

    3. Hi Sandy,
      I am the opposite... I had left over jam.

      Perhaps you want to try strawberry jam thumb print. Its only a a suggestion :D


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