Mid-Autumn Festival or Tết Trung Thu is an ancient festival considered “children’s day” in Vietnamese culture. It’s day to celebrate the harvest, spend quality time with your kids – spoiling them with toys, their favorite foods, paper lanterns & treats such as mooncakes. Traditional mooncakes are made with a dense pastry dough and filled with various combinations of lotus seed paste, sweet red bean paste, mixed nuts, dried fruit or salted egg yolks.
I’m sharing a super simple, untraditional mooncake recipe that only needs 4 ingredients and no baking or cooking involved. This is a variation of the Strawberry Mooncakes I created last year. I love matcha desserts, so this was the perfect treat for me! This could even be used as a filling for Snow Skin Mooncakes if you’re motivated to make a more complex version. Watch my 30-second Instagram recipe video here
You can order the 50g Mooncake Molds here, also look at the bottom of the recipe for other sets
Sprinkling on a little bit of edible glitter makes the mooncakes even prettier
I also experimented with other flavors and colors. Add a 1/3 Cup Dragon Fruit Powder to the cookies to get a vibrant magenta color, but the dragonfruit flavor is very subtle (for the coating, use 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch, 2 Tablespoons Dragon Fruit Powder). For Ube flavor, add 2 Teaspoons of Ube Flavoring when you add the cream cheese, coat with plain cornstarch. For Pandan flavor, add 2 Teaspoons of Pandan Flavoring when you add the cream cheese, coat with plain cornstarch. Add a 3 Tablespoons Butterfly Pea Powder to the cookies to get deep midnight bluecolor, it doesn’t really add a flavor (for the coating, use 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch, 2 Tablespoons Butterfly Pea Powder).