I have no clue there are such cookies. Heard that it is a new invention by a bake shop in Singapore to celebrate SG50 in 2015. Also heard that it costs $40 per tin of 30 cookies.  I have never tasted another version, but it is quite clear that a nasi lemak cookie should remind one of nasi lemak.

Nasi lemak… coconut, ikan bilis, chilies, nuts. And so I set out to create it. If I give it to my son who is a very sharp taster and he recognizes the taste in one bite, then I am successful.

So it took me two iterations. He helped me adjust the taste, make it a bit saltier and make the top resemble the mouth feel of the ikan bilis nuts that goes with nasi lemak.

I really like this cookie and if there’s only one cookie that I’d make next year, it has got to be this one.12418038_10208639590817333_6825583927502126654_n 12670209_10208639591177342_8158318227495453295_n 12670849_10208639592297370_2606259964539708541_n 12645063_10208639592137366_4282612238986612109_n

Nasi Lemak Cookies


  • 140 g Unsalted Butter at room temperature
  • 30 g Icing Sugar
  • 30 g Ikan Bilis powder dry fry ikan bilis till crispy than grind into powder, sieve
  • 2 Tbsp Nasi lemak sambal bought or home made, increase if you like it spicier
  • 1 egg white
  • 125 g rice flour
  • 125 g Plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tbsp ikan bilis - fried dry fried or roasted to crispy
  • 2 Tbsp nuts - fried dry fried or roasted to crunchy
  • 1 egg yolk for egg wash


  • Preheat oven to 180C.
  • Cream the butter, chili paste and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the egg white, and emulsify that.
  • Add the flours, ikan bilis powder and salt, until it comes to a dough. Do not overmix.
  • Stir in the nuts.
  • Shape them into 1/2 tablespoonful balls.
  • Egg wash with the egg yolk (add a few drops of water), and place an ikan bilis on top. Sprinkle coarsely ground salt over cookies if you like the rough texture like the ikan bilis with nasi lemak.
  • Leave the egg wash to dry.
  • Egg wash a second time.
  • Bake for 12 minutes on a high shelf.


  • Amelia says:

    Hi Pam, this cookies look so good and I presume must be very addictive. Thanks for sharing, will definitely give it a try later. Will update you when I bake this cookies in few days time.

    Best regards,

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