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Petit Fortunes – Bite-sized Cashew Macaroons

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AsianInAmericaPetitFortunesTop6Pieces Every time I go back to my home province Tarlac in the Philippines and visit the next door province Pampanga I yearn for these tiny Petit Fortunes, bite-sized cashew macaroons. They are about an inch wide in diameter, so tiny thus the name ‘petit’ without the “e”.

When my husband went to high school in Pampanga, he remembers going Christmas caroling every December with his classmates. They would be welcomed at many Pampanga homes. He doesn’t remember how much they earned for caroling but he does remember the luscious mini treats they were given to bring home. He recalls stuffing his pockets with handfuls of the Petit Fortunes.

We cannot always go home to Pampanga for the holidays. But what I can do is bake and recreate the easy-to-do Petit Fortunes for my family here in America. It is so easy to mix up in a bowl and bake in tiny muffin cups. Once out of the oven, the rich buttery aroma is unmistakable. Whenever we catch a whiff of the familiar toasted cashew with a sweet butter fragrance, we know for sure the holidays are not far behind.

For the complete easy recipe of my Petit Fortunes, check out my article on The Happy Home Cook of Positively Filipino, the premiere online magazine celebrating Filipinos. Or find my recipe version below.



Petit Fortunes- Bite-sized Cashew Macaroons

These Petit Fortunes- Bite-sized Cashew Macaroons are easy to whip up and a delight to give. These nut-filled pastries are hard to put down. Sometimes called 'Petit Fours' or 'Petit Fortune Macaroons', these originated from Pampanga, a province north of Manila, Philippines. Simply put together the crushed cashew nuts and other ingredients. Bake them quickly and when cooled, wrap them in colorful cellophane.Put them in pretty baskets and they make great gifts. I added some of my own ingredients to this recipe inspired by Lillian Mercado Lising Borromeo.  Makes 48 tiny pieces, about 1-inch in diameter each.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine: American, Asian, Filipino
Keyword: Filipino Petit Fortunes Cashew Macaroons
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 203kcal
Author: Asian in America


  • Electric cake mixer
  • Mini muffin tins (1-inch diameter)


  • 1 cup crushed roasted cashew nuts (unsalted)
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons caramel dulce de leche bottled, store-bought
  • 4, beaten egg yolks
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar divided, use 1 Tablespoon for egg whites granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons confectioners' sugar for sprinkling top
  • 2 Tablespoons candied cherries for topping (optional); or use glazed dried fruits
  • 45 pieces fluted paper cup liners 1-inch in diameter


  • Preheat the oven at 350 degrees. Prepare and line a mini muffin tin with small sized fluted paper cups about one-inch in diameter.
  • To crush the whole cashews, place in a resealable plastic bag and pound with a mallet. Or for fast results, use a food chopper or processor. Set the cashews aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: Cashew, flour, sugar. Set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites till stiff and no bubbles are showing. Add the 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  • Separately, in the mixing bowl of the dry ingredients, add the following: Melted butter, cream, dulce de leche and egg yolks. Blend and incorporate everything well.
  • Using a spatula, gradually fold by hand, the dry ingredients and yolks mixture into the egg whites. Blend well.
  • Pour a tablespoon of the batter into tiny fluted paper cups lining small muffin tins. Batter should fill only ¾ of the cup.
  • Bake at 350 F degrees for 15 minutes or till top is golden brown.
  • When done, remove from oven. If desired, sprinkle the top of the petit fortunes with confectioner’s sugar using a fine sieve or colander.
    Optional – top each cup with 1 or 2 pieces of candied dried fruit. Allow the Petit Fortunes to cool, wrap in colored cellophane paper and pack in pretty baskets or decorative jars for gifts.
  • Storage: You can make these ahead, cool them thoroughly, and then wrap in plastic resealable freezer bags or airtight plastic containers. They can be kept frozen for 2 to 3 weeks.
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Serving: 1g | Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition Notes: The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking or baking methods and brands of ingredients used.

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  1. My Mom was from Pampanga and would occasionally make these “Petit Fortunes”. I never could figure out why she called them that as others referred to them as macaroons. I thought she perhaps mistook Petit Fortunes for Petit Four. So now I know that they are really called Petit Fortunes!

  2. my daughter has to make a food from the Philippines for her class, this is the recipe we want to try but how long do you cook them and what temp?

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