• 350 gms unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 100 gms sweetened condensed milk
• 2 egg yolks
• 500 gms all-purpose flour or plain flour
For the pineapple filling:
• 2 whole pineapples (3 ½ kg) or 2 ½ kg pineapple
• ½ tbsp cloves
• 250-300 gms sugar, or to taste (optional)
• 1 tbsp lemon juice
For the egg wash:
• 2 egg yolks
• ¼ tsp condensed milk
• ½ tsp oil
• Cut the stalk off the pineapple and follow by the skin. Make sure all divots are removed. Slice the pineapple flesh into pieces and blend in a blender until they become puree. Add the pineapple puree and cloves to a non-stick pot and cook on medium heat, constantly stirring to avoid burning.
• When the pineapple is almost dry, add the sugar and lemon juice, stir to combine well. Lower the heat to simmer and continue to stir until the pineapple filling turns golden in colour and becomes very sticky. Transfer the pineapple filling out, remove the cloves and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
• Cream the butter and condensed milk until light and fluffy. Add in the egg yolk one at a time, and beat until well combined. Mix in the flour slowly to form the pastry dough. The dough is ready when it no longer sticks to your hands.
• Prepare the egg wash by mixing all the ingredients together in a small bowl.
• Divide the pineapple filling and dough into 100 portions. Roll them both into balls. To wrap, use your palms to roll each dough and then flatten it. Add a pineapple ball in the middle and fold the edges of the dough up to cover the filling. Finish it off by rolling it into a round ball.
• Place the pineapple cookie on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using the back of a paring knife, cut the criss-cross shape on the cookie, and brush the top of the cookie with the egg wash, twice. Repeat the same until all ingredients are used up.
• Bake in a preheated oven at 330 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius) for about 20-22 minutes or until they turn golden brown. Transfer them out and cool on a wire crack before storing in an airtight container.
• The pineapple filling is good for two batches of pineapple tarts. You can keep the pineapple filling in the fridge.