Easy and Delicious Yokan Mooncake Recipe from Japan

Easy and Delicious Yokan Mooncake Recipe from Japan

If you’re looking for a unique and delightful twist on the traditional mooncake, why not try making Yokan Mooncakes? Originating from Japan, Yokan Mooncakes offer a delicious combination of the soft and sweet Yokan jelly filling, encased in a tender pastry shell. In this article, we will provide you with an easy and mouthwatering recipe to create your very own Yokan Mooncakes.


For the Yokan filling:

  • 400g red bean paste
  • 20g sugar
  • 15g agar-agar powder
  • 450ml water

For the mooncake pastry:

  • 300g glutinous rice flour
  • 50g powdered sugar
  • 50g vegetable oil
  • 150ml water

For the mooncake decoration (optional):

  • Mooncake molds
  • Egg wash (1 egg yolk mixed with 1 tablespoon of water)
  • Assorted nuts or seeds for topping (e.g., melon seeds, almonds, or sesame seeds)


  1. Prepare the Yokan filling by combining the red bean paste, sugar, agar-agar powder, and water in a saucepan. Mix well until all the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  2. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil while stirring continuously. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes until the agar-agar powder is completely dissolved.
  3. Remove the Yokan filling from the heat and pour the mixture into a square or rectangular mold. Allow it to cool and set at room temperature or in the refrigerator for approximately 1 hour until firm.
  4. While the Yokan filling is setting, prepare the mooncake pastry. In a large mixing bowl, combine the glutinous rice flour, powdered sugar, and vegetable oil. Mix well until the ingredients resemble coarse crumbs.
  5. Gradually add water to the flour mixture, stirring continuously until a soft and pliable dough forms. Knead the dough for a few minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  6. Divide the dough into small portions and flatten each piece with your palm. Take a piece of Yokan filling and wrap it with the dough, ensuring it is fully enclosed. Roll it gently between your hands to form a smooth ball. Repeat this process with the remaining dough and filling.
  7. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  8. If desired, decorate the mooncakes by brushing the tops with egg wash and place assorted nuts or seeds on the surface for added texture and visual appeal.
  9. Place the mooncakes on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake in the preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes or until the mooncakes turn golden brown.
  10. Once baked, remove the mooncakes from the oven and let them cool completely on a wire rack before serving.
  11. Serve these delightful Yokan Mooncakes as a unique treat for the Mid-Autumn Festival or any special occasion. Their sweet and chewy texture is sure to delight your taste buds!

Store any leftover Yokan Mooncakes in an airtight container to maintain their freshness. Enjoy the fusion of Japanese and Chinese flavors with this easy and delicious recipe. Happy baking!

Note: Yokan Mooncakes can be enjoyed immediately or refrigerated for a firmer texture.