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These Palm Cheese Cookies are easy, crunchy cookies with savory cheddar cheese cookie dough inside and crunchy palm sugar outside.

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I have got a really fun recipe to share with you guys today. Today’s Palm Cheese Cookies recipe is an effortless and fun twist on the previous Cheddar Cheese Snowball Cookies.

These cookies use the same cookie dough with little modifications. However, instead of rolling the cookies in powdered sugar, these Palm Cheese Cookies are rolled in palm sugar. Yes, all that brownish signature exterior comes from palm sugar.

I thought this kind of cookie will be pretty sweet because of all of that sugar coating. However, they are surprisingly not that sweet all thanks to the savory cheddar cheese cookie dough. And if you have never had palm sugar before, it tastes like brown sugar, but less sweet with a slight hint of caramel.

Cheesy and buttery on the inside with a crunchy palm sugar exterior – these Palm Cheese Cookies are uniquely delicious sweet-savory cookies. This is really one of my favorite cookies. They are so easy to make and so addictive!

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What Is Palm Sugar?

Palm sugar is a natural sugar made from the sap of palm trees and is often traditionally used in Asian cooking. Palm sugar is sometimes qualified by the type of palm, as in coconut palm sugar. While sugars from different palms may have slightly different compositions, all are processed similarly and can be used interchangeably.

It is available in both crystallized and syrup forms and is made from boiling palm sap. The flavor is not as sweet as white sugar, but it has a richer molasses-like flavor.

How to Substitute Palm Sugar

Brown sugar makes a good palm sugar substitution in most baking recipes, including in this recipe. Although brown sugar is quite sweet in comparison, you can roll these cookies in brown sugar instead of palm sugar if you can’t find any.

Best Type of Cheese for These Cookies

Cheddar cheese is the most commonly used for these Palm Cheese Cookies. Although cheddar cheese is added to the dough, you will not be able to taste the cheese inside. The amount of cheese is just enough to make the cookies a bit richer and creamier.

You can substitute the cheddar cheese with a different type of cheese as well. Some options are:

  • Parmesan
  • Edam
  • Gyugere
  • Gouda
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Palm Cheese Cookies

These Palm Cheese Cookies are easy, crunchy cookies with savory cheddar cheese cookie dough inside and crunchy palm sugar outside.
Author: Jaja Bakes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Indonesian
Servings: 70 cookies
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Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sift in the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, milk powder, and salt into the mixture and mix with a spatula until well incorporated.
  • 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 in 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 add 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: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 74IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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