5 Iconic Lebaran Cookies in Indonesia


It is not only Ketupat that is often associated with Lebaran or Idul Fitri. Apart from signature Ketupat, cookies and snacks are also popular food items during Lebaran. There special cookies and snacks are always served on the table during this celebration…

1. Nastar

This classic Lebaran cookie is made from flour and butter mixture and filled with chunky pineapple jam. Egg yolk and milk mixture is then glazed over it before it is baked. Usually, Nastar comes in dome shape or leaves shape. Nowadays many modifications have been made, such as Cheese Nastar, Chocolate Nastar, and many more.

2. Lidah Kucing (Katetong)

Lidah Kucing
This thin, crispy cookie is made from egg whites and flour. Since it’s shaped like a tongue, people named it Lidah Kucing (or literally translated cat’s tongue). This cookie has soft milk aroma and sweet, salty flavor. It is one of the most favorite cookies for celebrations in Indonesia.

3. Kaastengel

Kaastengel is a kind of cookies that has rich cheese flavor and aroma. The flavor comes from Edam cheese that is also the main ingredient of this cookie. It is then topped with shredded cheddar cheese. This is definitely a favorite cookie for cheese lovers!

4. Putri Salju

Putri Salju
It is translated as Snow White for the white powdered sugar coating it. Usually, Putri Salju is molded in a crescent-shaped mold. The non-sugar crust combines perfectly with confectionary sugar that is coating it. Once you try this cookie, we bet one jar is not enough!

5. Kue Semprit

Kue Semprit
Kue Semprit is also one of the most favorite and most common cookies you can find during Lebaran. The crust is actually has similar ingredients with other cookies such as Putri Salju or Nastar, but the shape is different. Instead of using cookies cutter, you need to mold this cookie using pastry bag. Usually strawberry jam or chocolate chips are added on top of Kue Semprit to add the flavor and make it pretty.

Closer to Lebaran, you can find plenty of these cookies sold in supermarket as well as traditional markets. One thing to remember is: one jar is never enough.