Home » All Recipes » Snack » Pandan Gula Melaka Butter Cookies
| | | | | | |

Pandan Gula Melaka Butter Cookies

Jump to Recipe Rate & Review

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy for details.

Light, crisp, buttery Pandan Gula Melaka Butter Cookies made with an Indonesian twist. These butter cookies are infused with pandan flavor and finished with gula melaka crumbs on top.

pandan gula melaka butter cookies

Eid is approaching and Eid is not Eid without some cookies. If you don’t know what Eid is, it is the feast holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the most sacred month of the year in Islamic culture. Sweets occupy an important place in this festive moment to make up all lost during the month’s fast.

Just like Christmas, cookies are a staple in Eid celebrations. Nothing beats the holiday season with cookies made from scratch and I know you will love this particular recipe.

These Pandan Gula Melaka Butter Cookies will be the perfect cookies to celebrate the moment since it is bright green and perfectly match the traditional color of the festive season. To give some Indonesian infusion, I used pandan to these cookies. 

These butter cookies are made of plain cookie dough with subtle sweet and aromatic pandan extract. The cookies are crisp, light, tender, and buttery all throughout. They are barely sweet, so I finished them with a sprinkle of gula melaka or palm sugar, which is the perfect combination with the pandan flavor. They remind me of my previous Klepon, one of the well-loved traditional Indonesian desserts, but in cookie form.

pandan gula melaka butter cookies

About Pandan

Pandan leaves (Pandanus amaryllifolius) are long and slender green leaves of a member of the pandanus palm or screwpine family. The plant is grown in South and Southeast Asia. They are popular in Southeast Asian cooking as the leaves impart aromatic notes to foods. They are also used as a natural food coloring, especially for desserts because of their green color.

Similar to vanilla, the unique aroma of pandan leaves is used to flavor many desserts. However, it should also be noted that pandan tastes nothing like vanilla. Pandan’s flavor profile is indescribable, which is not like anything else. The fresh leaves of pandan taste are sorta grassy and nutty. 

What Is Gula Melaka?

Palm sugar is widely known as gula melaka or gula jawa in Southeast Asia. In Malaysia or Singapore, they call it by the former, and as an Indonesian, we call it gula jawa. This organic, unrefined sugar is produced from the sap of coconut palms or other palms. To produce gula melaka, you need to boil the sap until it thickens. The sticky sugar syrup is then whipped and poured into containers made of bamboo tubes, where it solidifies.

To use it, one just shaves the sugar with a knife before using it as an ingredient for sweet and savory dishes. The taste is super complex but not as sweet as cane sugar. It will hit you with deep caramel, butterscotch, coffee, and a smoky note at the back. The flavor can vary depending on the date of picking the sap and the growing conditions of the trees.

Best Piping Tips to Use

The cookie dough is thick, so make sure to use a large piping tip with about a 1/2-inch opening. The smaller the size, the harder it will be to pipe. For this recipe, I used a French star piping tip which produces fine, deeply grooved patterns.

pandan gula melaka butter cookies

Pro Tips for Making Pandan Gula Melaka Butter Cookies

  • Use room temperature butter. It refers to soft and pliable butter, but still cool to touch. There should be an indent when you press with your finger.
  • Measure your flour correctly. Adding too much flour to the recipe is the most common mistake. To best and easiest way to measure flour is by using a scale. If you still insist on using volume measurement, make sure to fluff your flour and spoon it into your measuring cup. Then, use a knife to level it off.
  • Add more milk if your dough is too hard. Finding the right consistency of cookie dough is very crucial for butter cookies since you need it to be creamy enough to pipe. I find the recipe ratio is perfect for me, but if your dough is too hard to pipe, try to add a teaspoon of milk to the dough.
  • Use commercial pandan paste. Using commercial pandan paste is the easiest way to get these cookies bright green with a strong pandan flavor without adding too much liquid to the dough.
  • Use a cookie press to shape the cookies. if you are not confident about your piping skill, you can alternatively use a cookie press to shape these cookies.
pandan gula melaka butter cookies

More Pandan Recipes

While you are here, don’t forget to check out also these pandan recipes!

pandan gula melaka butter cookies
4.5 from 34 votes

Pandan Gula Melaka Butter Cookies

Light, crisp, buttery Pandan Gula Melaka Butter Cookies made with an Indonesian twist. These butter cookies are infused with pandan flavor and finished with gula melaka crumbs on top.
Author: Jaja Bakes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Indonesian
Servings: 25 cookies
Tap or hover to scale!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes


  • 2/3 cup (150 gr) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 10 tbsp (75 gr) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp pandan paste, or more
  • 1 1/3 cups (165 gr) cake flour
  • 6 tbsp (45 gr) cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp minced gula melaka/palm sugar/coconut sugar, for topping


  • Preheat oven to 340F/170°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  • Using a mixer or spatula, cream together butter and confectioners sugar until well incorporated. Add milk, vanilla extract, and pandan paste. Mix until well combined.
  • Sift in flour, cornstarch, and salt to the butter mixture and mix with a spatula until well incorporated.
  • Add a French star piping tip to the piping bag. Spoon a little bit of dough into the piping bag and try piping a swirl or line on the prepared baking sheet. If the dough is too thick to pipe, transfer the dough back to the mixing bowl and add 1 tsp of milk. If the dough is creamy enough to pipe, continue piping the dough in swirls or lines, leaving 2 inches apart on the baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle the top of each cookie with minced gula melaka.
  • Bake the cookies for 15-17 minutes or until the edges are light brown.
  • Remove from the oven and immediately transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.


This recipe will make crisp and tender cookies with a snap. If you prefer chewier cookies, substitute the milk with 1 egg yolk and substitute cake flour and cornstarch with the same amount of all-purpose flour.
Make sure to measure the flour correctly if using volume measurement. The cookies will end up too hard to pipe 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.
If you don’t have a large piping tip, you can alternatively use a cookie press to shape the cookies. If you don’t have a cookie press or large piping tips, snip 1/2-inch corner off the end of a plastic bag and pipe the dough into lines/flat swirls.



Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Did You Make This Recipe?I love hearing how you went with the my recipes. Leave a comment below or tag @jacintahalim on Instagram.

Similar Posts

4.50 from 34 votes (33 ratings without comment)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

One Comment

  1. 2 stars
    Followed the recipe to a T but the cookie dough was too dry. I had to add like half a cup more of milk to make the dough creamy enough.

    Taste wise it’s ok.