Dates Nastar Recipe: A Festive Fusion of Dates and Traditional Indonesian Cookies

Savor the Unique Blend: Nastar Kurma - Delightful Date-Infused Indonesian Pineapple Tarts

nastar kurma
nastar kurma

Nastar Kurma is an innovative take on the classic Indonesian Nastar tart, typically filled with pineapple jam. In this version, the tart is filled with dates, a fruit known for its natural sweetness and health benefits, such as being high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Dates are a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine and are especially popular during Ramadan and other festive occasions due to their nutritional value and natural energy-boosting properties.

Nastar, a contraction of the Dutch words ‘ananas’ (pineapple) and ‘taart’ (tart), is a small, round pastry traditionally filled with pineapple jam. In this version, the Kurma (date) variety provides a unique twist, adding a rich, caramel-like flavor to the tarts.

Kreasi resep nastar dengan hiasan cengkeh
nastar cookie

Selecting the Right Dates

The recipe specifically uses Sukkari dates, known for their soft, tender texture and exceptional sweetness. These dates are often referred to as the ‘queen’ or ‘king’ of dates and are a prized variety from Saudi Arabia. However, Tunisian dates can be used as a substitute due to their similar texture.

kurma yang dipakai dalam resep nastar kurma adalah jenis kurma sukkari yang lembek, manis, dan lumer
kurma yang dipakai adalah jenis kurma sukkari yang lembek, manis, dan lumer

Ingredients and Their Significance

The recipe calls for a blend of butter and margarine, giving the tarts a rich flavor and delicate crumb. The addition of powdered milk enhances the creamy taste, while low-protein flour ensures a soft, melt-in-the-mouth texture. Cornstarch is added to make the pastry crisp and light.

bahan resep nastar kurma
bahan resep nastar kurma
  • Dates (Kurma): Sukkari dates, also known as the king of dates, are used for their superior quality and sweetness. They are soft, caramel-colored, and have a rich, sweet flavor. If Sukkari dates are unavailable, Tunisian dates can be a good alternative.
  • Flour Selection: Low-protein flour (like Bogasari Kunci Biru) is recommended for a soft, melt-in-the-mouth texture. Maizena or cornstarch is added to make the cookies crisper while still retaining softness.
  • Butter and Margarine: A combination of both is used. Margarine gives a distinct aroma, and butter adds richness. Forvita margarine is a good economical choice, but you can also use higher-end options like Wijsman for a more luxurious taste.
  • Milk Powder: Adds a creamy, milky aroma to the cookies. Dancow is a popular choice for its pronounced milky scent.
  • Cheese: Cheddar cheese is used in both the dough and as a topping for an extra savory touch.
nastar kurma

Nastar Kurma Recipe: A Festive Fusion of Dates and Traditional Indonesian Cookies

Recipe by Hani
Sensasi nastar premium yang lembut dan meleleh di mulut dengan isian kurma yang unik
Prep Time :1 hour
Cook Time :20 minutes
Total Time :1 hour 10 minutes
Course :Pastry, Roti Kering, Video Resep
Cuisine :Pastry


Dough Ingredients:
  • 150 grams Margarine
  • 50 grams Salted butter
  • 50 grams Powdered milk
  • 50 grams Grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 Egg yolks
  • 100 grams Powdered sugar
  • 50 grams Cornstarch
  • 300 grams Low-protein flour (cake flour)
Filling Ingredients:
  • Date slices (Quantity as needed, typically a small slice per tart)
Glaze Ingredients:
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon UHT milk
  • Grated cheese (Quantity as needed for topping)


  • Prepare the date filling by removing the seeds and shaping them into small balls.
  • Mix butter, margarine, powdered sugar, and egg yolk.
  • Then add flour, cornstarch, grated cheese, and powdered milk.
  • Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  • Shape the dough into small balls, flatten, add a date filling, and reshape into balls.
    resep dapur kintamani nastar
  • Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 160°C for 15 minutes.
  • Apply the egg yolk and milk glaze,
  • sprinkle with grated cheese,
  • and bake again until done.



  • Dough Consistency: Ensure the dough is not too dry or too wet for easy handling.
  • Cookie Dough Resting: Rest the dough in the refrigerator for at least one hour before shaping. This helps in handling the dough better and enhances the flavor.
  • Oven Temperature: Bake at 160°C for 15 minutes, then glaze with egg yolk and milk mixture, sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese, and bake for another 15 minutes or until done.
  • Baking: Watch closely to prevent over-browning, especially during the final minutes of baking.
  • Date Preparation: Remove the seeds from the dates and shape them into small balls before enveloping them in the dough.
  • Glaze: Mix egg yolk with UHT milk for the glaze, ensuring it is thick enough not to drip off the cookies during baking.
  • Storage: Nastar Kurma cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks, maintaining their freshness and flavor.
  • Hello, I'm Hani and I enjoy collecting recipes from various social media platforms. I've tried some of them on my blog. Hopefully, they can help mothers with cooking.