How to Make Cheese Pastillas

How about making a treat with just four ingredients? This is possible with pastillas! Panlasang pinoy recipes knows that you want that! So here is how it can be done.

A Filipino surely knows this sweet candy that can be seen among many sari-sari stores and even in buses! Remember the kuyas and ates offering you this for pasalubong? Were you irritated or thankful that they were around to sell this goody?

Pastillas is also known as pastillas de leche. Others call it pastiyema. This is a milk-based confectionary, which originally used carabao or cow milk and milk as ingredients. You will need low heating of ingredients until the mixture becomes a soft dough that you can mold. Nowadays, there is a lot of variation. Instead of fresh milk, one can already use powder milk like in this recipe. There is no need to cook in this case. You will just mix the ingredients. Other flavors can also be added. Here, we have cheese! Who loves cheese?! It is another dairy product that can give a lot of flavor and texture. How about another flavor? Here is ube pastillas recipe that you might also want to try.

This cheese pastillas recipe will only use powdered milk, condensed milk, grated cheese, and white sugar. If you want to coat it after, you can use powdered sugar. What if the mixture gets too dry? Then add more condensed milk. If it becomes too wet, add powdered milk. You can be as creative as you want when it comes to wrapping your candies, especially if you want to sell them. This is a good business start.

By the way, do you know that in San Miguel, Bulacan, a Pastillas Festival has been celebrated every May since 2006? That is how popular this candy is in the Philippines. The wrapper or pabalat is also linked to the festival, which involves the making of elaborate paper-cut designs using these wrappers.

Ready for a heavenly treat? Try this now!


How to Make Cheese Pastillas


  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp grated cheese
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • powdered sugar for coating (optional)


  • In a mixing bowl, combine the powdered milk, cheese, sugar, and condensed milk. (Just add about half amount of the condensed milk. Adjust later on.) Mix well.
  • If the mixture is too dry add more condensed milk. If it’s too wet add more powdered milk.
  • Mix well until texture becomes ready for molding.
  • Knead the mixture with your clean hands on a flat surface such as a chopping board. (Tip: Spread some powdered milk on the board so that the mixture will not stick to it.)
  • Sprinkle some powdered sugar for coating. You can also use regular white sugar instead.
  • Get half of the mixture then form it into a long, thin tube. Afterwards, slice it into small tubes. Repeat for the other half of the mixture.
  • Wrap the pastillas individually in cellophane.
  • Serve to your family or sell it for additional income. Enjoy your cheese pastillas!



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