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Petit Fortunes - Sweet Cashew Macaroons

Do you need some quick sweets to make? These bite-sized holiday treats ‘Petit Fortunes’ are easy to whip up and a delight to give. Anyone who gets these nut-filled pastries will find them 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 adapted from the “Atching Lillian’s Heirloom Recipes” cookbook by Lillian Mercado Lising Borromeo. From this, I made 48 tiny pieces, which measured 1-inch in diameter.


  • 1 cup crushed cashew nuts (unsalted)
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons bottled or homemade caramel dulce de leche
  • 4, beaten well egg yolks
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup separate 1 Tablespoon for beating with egg whites granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 45 to 48 pieces measuring 1-inch diameter, for lining muffin pans fluted paper cups
  • 2 Tablespoons for sprinkling (optional) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons for topping (optional) candied dried fruits or dried cherries


  • 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. Put the cashews aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: cashew, flour, sugar. Set aside.
  • Beat the egg whites till stiff and no bubbles are showing. Add the 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  • Meanwhile in the mixing bowl, to the dry ingredients, add the following: melted butter, cream, dulce de leche and egg yolks. Blend and incorporate everything well.
  • Gradually fold by hand the cashew 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, then wrap in plastic resealable freezer bags or airtight plastic containers. They can be kept frozen for 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Recipe notes: To make homemade Dulce de Leche, see my previous blog post on how I made a can from condensed milk.