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Kaasstengels in Indonesia
Place of originNetherlands
Main ingredientsFlour, maizena, baking powder, egg yolks, butter or margarine, salt, sugar, cheddar cheese
VariationsKastengel, kue keju (Indonesia)
Kaasstengels made by the monks from the Rawaseneng Monastery in Kandangan, Temanggung.

Kaasstengels (// (listen)), Kastengel or kue keju are a Dutch cheese snack in the shape of sticks. Owed to its colonial links to the Netherlands, kaasstengels are also commonly found in Indonesia. The name refers to its ingredients, shape and origin; kaas is the Dutch word for "cheese", while stengels means "sticks". Unlike most cookies, kaasstengels taste savoury and salty instead of sweet.[1] In Indonesia kaasstengels, together with nastar and putri salju are the popular kue kering ("dried kue", or cookie) during festive occasion, such as Natal (Christmas) and Lebaran (Eid al Fitr).


Kaasstengels' dough is made of a fine mixture of butter or margarine with egg yolks, with addition of grated cheese, then mixed together with flour, cornstarch and baking powder. The dough is rolled into small rectangles, brushed with egg yolk, sprinkled with grated cheddar, and then baked.[2] Nutritional yeast can be used as a substitute for cheese to make it suitable for a vegan diet.[3]


Kaasstengels are not to be confused with Kaastengels, a Dutch brand of deep fried fingerfood. Kaastengels resemble spring rolls the size of a finger, filled with cheese. Hence the name, derived from the Dutch words kaas (cheese) and tengels (fingers).[4]

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  1. ^ "Kaastengels, kaasstengels & the dutch love for snacks". Me Utrecht Barcelona.
  2. ^ "Kaastengels (Cheese Shortbread)". Food.com.
  3. ^ "Vegan kaastengels". Puursuzanne.nl. 29 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Kaastengels". Topking.nl.

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