It seem too corny matching holiday with cookies? Well thats what we usually have, here in Indonesia.
A tradition that goes back several hundred years, getting the influence from the Dutch during colonial period. They introduce our native ancestors with the art of baking cookies. As Indonesian, we give it a twist and make it our own.
The next holiday is Ied Al Fitr (Idul Fitri), to celebrate our obedience in fasting for a whole month, winning our better spirit and mind. The regular cookies, a must have for every home are; Nastar, Kastengels and Putri Salju.
Nastar is basically a butter cookies with pineapple jam fillings. The true Nastar will have home made pineapple jam in excessive amount inside the cookies. The old school shape will be resembling a guava or rose apple; using cloves as the stalk buds. The newer version will be shaped like small balls or like a leaf.
Kastengel is a cheesy cookies. It must have cheese of the dough and as the toppings. Every bite you should taste the cheesiness all the way to the last bite. Some people likes their Kastengel crunchy, by adding hard cheeses like Gouda. While others likes it smooth and crumbly, by adding more butter and only use cheddar cheese. Either way, every one have their best version of kastengel.
Putri Salju can be translated as Snow White, literally. Why? Because it is a butter cookies blanketed with powdered sugar. The cookie is the princess and the sugar resemblance the snow. Some cooks like to add ground nut on the cookie dough, so it will taste nutty and a bit savory against all sweetness from the powdered sugar.
Those three are the Three Musketeer for a great holiday.
I’m sharing some of the activities my mom and I usually have when we make our version of those three delicacies. Oh, we add chocolate cookies to our menu too.