Nestum cookies make a great Buka Puasa treat

My Kitchen Diary pic.

Nestum has been a common breakfast in Malaysia for many generations, enjoyed hot with milk before heading out for school or work.

Being creative, Malaysians soon found other uses for Nestum, for example in cookies, which now enjoys its status as a must-have during festive seasons, becoming the most-searched for “kuih raya” recipe on Google.

For those who can’t wait till Hari Raya before sinking their teeth into some, why not bake a batch as a small treat when breaking fast during the month of Ramadan.


• 250g butter

• 120g of icing sugar

• 250g of wheat flour

• 130g of cornflour

• 60g of almond powder

• 40g of blended Nestum

• 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

• Red cherries – thinly sliced for decoration

• 1 egg yolk – for decoration


• Add butter, icing sugar and vanilla essence into a mixer. Mix till well blended.

• Add in wheat flour, cornflour, almond powder and Nestum. Knead dough till soft.

• Take a small portion of the dough, roll into a ball and press down with a fork or press into your favourite biscuit mould. Repeat until dough is finished.

• Place on greased baking sheet.

• Brush cookies with egg yolk and decorate with red cherries or any other garnish of your choice.

• Place baking sheet in the oven at 175 degrees Celsius, and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

This article first appeared in