Snow Skin Mooncakes

Snow skin mooncakes, also known as ice skin mooncakes or crystal mooncakes, make a beautiful non-baked treat for Mid-Autumn Festival.

Mid-Autumn Festival is just around the corner and mooncakes are the customary food eaten to celebrate the occasion. Traditional mooncakes are more like pastries rather than cakes, with a thin outer shell and a dense, sweet filling (red bean paste, lotus paste, taro paste, etc). While I’ve made the baked version before, I actually prefer to make snow skin mooncakes.

Originally from Hong Kong, snow skin mooncakes are made with roasted glutinous rice flour, giving them a soft outer coating, similar to a super soft mochi. (For a slightly chewier texture, you can steam them before serving.) The delicate white shell gives them a snowy appearance, hence the name. With a little bit of food coloring, you can also make other colors.


They are really easy and fun to make, and make great gifts. You can find the mooncake molds on Amazon in various sizes and designs.

You’ll also need to make or buy filling and roasted glutinous rice flour. I purchased my roasted glutinous rice flour from a local Vietnamese supermarket. If you can’t find any in your area, I do have a recipe where you make your own roasted rice flour.


I previously made 100 gram and 75 gram ones. This year I decided to make 50 gram ones which I think are the best size for gifting because each one is just a few bites.

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Mooncake molds

Snow Skin Mooncakes


  • 100g roasted glutinous rice flour (if you can't find it, use this recipe where you make your own)
  • 90g icing sugar
  • 30g shortening
  • approx 50g cold water
  • fillings of your choice (I used two containers, a pre-made taro and a pre-made lotus paste from Ranch 99, in the refrigerated section). 
  • food coloring


1. Sift the flour and icing sugar in a mixing bowl. Gently rub the shortening into the flour mixture, combining until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. If using food coloring, add just a few drops into the cold water. Mix in the cold water, 1 tbsp at a time, and knead dough until soft dough forms. Do not add all the water at once. You may need slightly less water or slightly more. It's best to knead the dough with your hands until it comes together. The dough should be soft and malleable. 
2. Divide dough, depending on size of mooncake molds. The ratio should be 1 part dough, 2 parts filling. So for a 75g mooncake mold, you would weigh out 25 grams of dough and 50 grams of filling.
3. Take one of your divided dough sections and roll into a ball. Flatten ball with palm of your hand. Roll out dough on a pastry board until you get a thin circle. Roll divided filling into a ball. Place the ball of filling in the center of the dough and seal the filling with the dough. If there are any holes in your dough, make sure to smooth them out. Place your dough ball into the mooncake mold. Flip it over onto flat surface. Press down on the lever hard so that the mooncake shape is formed and the face plate makes imprint. Then squeeze to release and mooncake. Repeat with remaining dough. Chill for 6 hours before serving. Keep uneaten ones in the fridge. Tip: if you want a slightly chewier skin, you can steam them first and let cool before serving.

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4 comments on “Snow Skin Mooncakes”

  1. These are beautiful! I need to make some too – have just been too lazy. I actually have some moon cake molds so I really have no excuse!

  2. These are so beautiful! I don’t love the traditional egg and lotus filling but the taro one sounds like it would be lovely especially with the ‘snow skin’ 🙂

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