Chinese mooncakes

Creamy red bean paste surrounded by a flaky crust. Your friends will appreciate these little gifts.


Difficulty: Hard

Time: 40 min. preparation time, 35 min. baking time

Nutrition: Calories ca 237 / Protein 8g / Carbohydr. 27g / Fat 10g

Ingredients (14 servings)

335 gall purpose flour (divided)
300 gred bean paste
127 glard (divided)
20 gconfectioner’s sugar
70 mlwater
1egg yolk
1 tbspblack sesame seeds


pastry brush, baking sheet, oven, large bowl, parchment paper, cutting board, knife, small bowl, rolling pin

Wine Tip

Oolong tea
Choose a tea without too many tannins, such as a Chinese Oolong tea. It will balance out the sweetness of the mooncake and even aid in digestion!

Step 1

Chinese mooncakes

Mix two thirds of the flour with the confectioner’s sugar, water and half of the lard. Knead into a smooth dough, set aside and let rest for approx. 30 min.

large bowl

200 g flour / 20 g confectioner’s sugar / 70 ml water / 60 g lard

Step 2

Chinese mooncakes

Meanwhile, mix the remaining flour and lard in a separate bowl. Knead into a smooth dough, set aside and also let rest for approx. 30 min.

small bowl

135 g flour / 67 g lard

Step 3

Chinese mooncakes

Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Roll each dough into a long strip approx. thumb thick. Cut first dough into equal portions approx. finger-width in length. Separate second dough into an equal number of portions. Roll each portion into a ball in the palm of your hand, keeping the two doughs separate.

oven, cutting board, knife

Step 4

Chinese mooncakes

Flatten the balls from the first dough in your hand until they fit around the balls from the second dough. Wrap the flattened discs around the balls firmly.

Step 5

Chinese mooncakes

Using a rolling pin, flatten each portion into a thin oblong disc. Roll up each disc with your hands.

rolling pin

Step 6

Chinese mooncakes

Turn rolls by 90° and roll out each one into another oblong disc. Roll these discs up again.

Step 7

Chinese mooncakes

Make an indentation in the center of each roll with your finger. Wrap the dough into a circle with the indentation at its center. Shape into a smooth ball and roll this ball into a thin, round disc.

Step 8

Chinese mooncakes

Place a spoonful of red bean paste at the center of each disc. Pleat the edges of the dough around the paste and squeeze closed. Place seam side down.

300 g red bean paste

Step 9

Chinese mooncakes

Gently turn mooncakes in the palms of your hands, giving them a round and smooth surface.

Step 10

Chinese mooncakes

Place on a lined baking sheet seam side down. Brush mooncakes with egg yolk and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 180°C/350°F for approx. 35 – 45 min. until golden.

pastry brush, baking sheet, parchment paper

1 egg yolk / 1 tbsp black sesame seeds

Step 11

Chinese mooncakes

Let cool and enjoy with guests or give to friends.