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Palm Cheese Cookies

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Palm Cheese Cookies are quick and easy cookies made from savory cheddar cheese cookies coated with sweet crunchy palm sugar.

palm cheese cookies

These Palm Cheese Cookies are currently booming for the past 2 years in Indonesia. So, I could not wait to try these at home to know what the fuss was about. After trying them myself personally, I now understand why people love these cookies.

Tell Me About These Cookies

  • Texture – Crunchy inside and out.
  • Flavor – Sweet and savory in each bite. The cookies are pretty similar to the Western snowball cookies but taste richer because of the addition of grated cheddar cheese. At first, I expected these cookies to be overly sweet because of the sugar coating. However, I was surprised that the palm sugar was just mildly sweet and tasted more like caramelized sugar.
  • Ease – This recipe is so quick and easy to whip up that it can be made in one bowl. No stand mixer or hand mixer is required. Moreover, no chilling is required. 
palm cheese cookies

How to Make Palm Cheese Cookies

how to make palm cheese cookies
  1. Mix room temperature unsalted butter with confectioners’ sugar until well combined with a spatula.
  2. Add egg, vanilla, and grated cheddar cheese. Mix until well combined.
  3. Add all-purpose flour, cornstarch, milk powder, and salt. Mix until well combined.
  4. Spoon 1 1/2 teaspoons of dough and roll into balls with your hand.
  5. Roll the balls in palm sugar.
  6. Bake and enjoy!
palm cheese cookies
palm cheese cookies

Palm Cheese Cookies

5 from 3 votes
Author: Taste of Nusa
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Indonesian
Difficulty: Intermediate
Dietary: Vegetarian
Servings: 65 -70 cookies
Palm Cheese Cookies are quick and easy cookies made from savory cheddar cheese cookies coated with sweet crunchy palm sugar.


  • 2/3 cup (150 gr) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (32 gr) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (60 gr) grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 3/4 cups (210 gr) all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 tbsp (25 gr) cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp (25 gr) milk powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (100 gr) palm sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk, if necessary


  • Preheat oven to 300F/150°C and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  • Mix wet ingredients – In a large bowl, cream together butter with confectioners' sugar until well combined. Add egg yolk, vanilla extract, and grated cheddar cheese into the butter mixture and mix until well combined.
  • Add dry ingredients – Sift in the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, milk powder, and salt into the mixture and mix with a spatula until well incorporated.
  • Shape and roll – Pour the palm sugar into a bowl. Scoop out 1 1/2 teaspoons of dough and roll into balls, then roll into the sugar. If the dough is too dry to roll into the sugar (the sugar does not stick to the dough properly), try adding 1-2 tbsp of milk to the dough.
  • Arrange the balls on the prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes. When the cookies are done, transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely.


Make sure to measure the flour correctly if using volume measurement – The cookies will end up too dry if you are adding too much flour. Use a spoon to scoop the flour into the measuring cup. Then, level the top with a knife or other straight-edged utensil.



Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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