26 Traditional Japanese Desserts You Must Try

Japanese Desserts recipes

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Japanese desserts are delicate and delightful, becoming trendy in restaurants and homes worldwide. From traditional to modern recipes, all Japanese desserts have unique flavors that serve amazingly best on every table whenever you try them.

So, these are the most delicious and easy-to-cook Japanese desserts you can try at home and serve in front of your guests. From Japanese cheesecake to Green tea cookies, these desserts are my favorite ones that make everyone fall in love with their flavor and textures.

Cakes & Cupcakes

Japanese Cheesecake

Japanese Cheesecake

Japanese cake, commonly known as jiggly cake, is a creamy cheesecake that is very fluffy and soft. The airy souffle and creamy cheesecake is a super yummy treat that melts in the mouth as soon as you take a bite. Japanese cheesecake has all the rich custard flavors and spongy cotton cake, which is the best dessert to hit all the right notes. It is heavenly to eat and is a perfect treat for serving at any event.

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Raindrop Cake

Raindrop Cake

Raindrop cake is a very low-calorie, delicious, and unique dessert gaining a lot of attention in many countries. It looks cute for its water droplet shape, making it appealing and different. It is perfect for making in the summer holidays when you want something sweet and refreshing.

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Castella Cake (Japanese Honey Sponge Cake)

Castella Cake

Love making cakes at home? Try this castella cake with an easier recipe. Delicate, super moist, and bouncy Japanese sponge cake with a hint of honey is worth trying. A popular tea time confection in Japan, which makes the holidays and hostess gift perfect. Egg, sugar, honey, and flour combine and make you enjoy each flavor. Worth trying in the morning to make a healthy breakfast for your kids.

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Japanese Milk Cake Roll

Japanese Milk Cake Roll

Japanese cake roll is the airy, fluffy, and soft cake that is the perfect cake you have ever tried. It is not too sweet; just a little sweetness puts a heavenly taste to these rolls. You can add fresh strawberries to its filling if you want more tenderness and flavors. It is the perfect blend of East and West flavors. It is best served with whipped cream and goes perfectly well with Tea or coffee for breakfast.

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Custards & Puddings

Coffee Jelly

Coffee Jelly

Coffee jelly is one of the easy-to-make desserts at home. It is very thick and delightful because of its creamy and chewy texture, making it super enjoyable and appealing. The best way to serve it is with a lot of chocolate sauce and frozen whipped cream. It is a perfect dessert after a dinner party when served in glasses or cubed bowls

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Purin (Japanese Custard Pudding)

Purin (Japanese Custard Pudding)

Purin is a Japanese Flan-like custard famous in Japan because of its rich and creamy flavors. It is not like the US gooey pudding; its texture and taste differ from others. Purin looks exactly like a Mexican flan and has a topping caramel sauce. Purins are super sweet and creamy flans, rich in flavors, and taste best if you serve them chilled.

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Black Sesame Pudding

Black Sesame Pudding

Creamy, rich, and light sweet black sesame pudding is here. Easy to make and quick to serve is its specialty. With only soy milk, black sesame paste, agar powder, and sugar, this recipe comes with a unique taste. This pudding will be your next favorite recipe if you love black sesame. Top with whipped cream and present something incredible this morning.

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Anko (Red Bean Paste)

Anko - red bean paste

Anko is easy to make sweet red bean paste specially used to hold together pastries, cakes, and a lot of other desserts that are famous in Japan. The combination of sugar, azuki beans, and a pinch of salt adds uniqueness to its flavor. You can make any traditional Japanese dish with Anko, spread it on the bread, and enjoy its flavors. One of the best gluten-free desserts you’ll ever taste.

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Hojicha Panna Cotta (Roasted Green Tea Panna Cotta)

Hojicha Panna Cotta

Hojicha panna cotta is a nutty, earthy, smokey-flavored recipe that melts in the mouth. You only need water, sugar, Hojicha powder, coconut milk, salt, and powdered unflavored gelatin to try this delicious recipe in your kitchen. A perfect and refreshing dessert to make and serve on a warm summer day to refresh day. Dairy-free recipe, so don’t worry about the diet and enjoy each flavor.

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Yokan (Jelly Dessert)

Yokan (Jelly Dessert)

Can you imagine the taste of a jelly-based dessert with red azuki beans? If not, then try yokan, a jelly dessert belonging to Japan. It is very popular among people due to its refreshing taste. Giving the mizu yokan the perfect consistency will give you rich flavors.

The ingredients include red bean paste, sugar, and agar. The perfect balance of flavors makes it a dessert you can eat until the last bite. It contains more water, making it lighter and refreshing than usual desserts.

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Cookies & Bars

Green Tea Cookies

Green Tea Cookies

Green tea cookies are delicious and incredible chocolate chip cookies. These chewy green tea cookies have a perfect matcha flavor that makes everyone fall in love. Its unique color gives the cookies a natural green hue. If you are a matcha fan, these cookies will serve perfectly on your table. They are crispy outside but delightfully chewy inside.

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Kinako Cookies (Roasted Soy Flour Cookies)

Kinako Cookies

Kinako cookies are similar to peanut butter cookies. Grab eggs, butter, sugar, kinako, all-purpose flour, and baking soda to try these delicious cookies at home. With roasted and nutty flavor, these cookies are heavenly to taste. Enjoy the kinako taste in cookie form with this easy-to-mix recipe. Golden outside but soft and chewy inside.

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Breads & Pastries

Dorayaki – Red Bean Pancakes

Dorayaki - Red Bean Pancakes

Dorayaki is the favorite dessert of Japanese of every age group. It is a honey pancake sandwich filled with sweet red bean paste. It is very soft and airy and has two American-style hand-sized pancakes combined. The sweet filling makes it very delightful and captivating. Dorayaki is very popular due to its flavorful combination of chestnuts, custard, and cream, which makes it unique.

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Shibuya Honey Toast

Shibuya Honey Toast

Honey Toast, or Shibuya toast, is a delicious, creamy, buttery dessert that is perfect for breakfast. It is the perfect serving for a morning meal when you don’t have much time for cooking. It is the favorite dessert of kids as it has layers of croutons and fruit in the bread bowl, making it mouth-watering to eat. You can top it with whipped ice cream that adds more flavors.

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Taiyaki (Fish-Shaped Pastry)

Taiyaki (Fish-Shaped Pastry)

Tiyaki is one of Japan’s most famous street foods that consists of traditional pancake batter poured into a fish-shaped pan to cook. It has versatile fillings, including sweet potatoes, chocolate, and custard for sweet Taiyaki. But the best thing is that they also come in savory fillings like cheese, gyoza, or sausage. You can enjoy them with multiple fillings, so try to find the best ones for your taste buds.

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Daifuku Mochi – Red Bean Mochi

Red Bean Mochi

Daifuku, also known as Red Bean Mochi, is Japan’s sweet dessert. Its rice cake layers, covering the red bean paste, have perfect sweetness. Daifuku is a small round-shaped dumpling filled with sweet and delicious red bean paste.

Its tender and chewy texture makes everyone fall in love every time. It is the perfect snack to make at home if you crave something easy to make dessert. However, if you love trying out different desserts, check out these traditional Greek desserts.

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Green Tea Mochi

Green Tea Mochi

Green tea Mochi is a sweet dessert with a hint of sweetness. It is soft, delicious, and chewy and has delightful green tea flavors. It has a filling of red bean paste and ice cream, and if you love the strawberry flavor, it can add more to the flavor. It is super easy to make at home.

Green tea Mochi is a famous dessert in Japanese restaurants that appeals to people due to its color, unique combination of flavors, and chewy texture that can make anyone fall in love.

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Japanese Fruit Sandwich (Fruit Sando)

Fruit Sando

This Japanese fruit salad is super delicious and fruitful. It is also known as strawberry or fruit sando. Made with fresh strawberries and many other favorite fruits. Add sliced milk bread, white bread, and whipped cream to make it more flavorful. A perfect recipe to serve the guests as an evening snack with a glass of milk. Soaking the fresh fruits in whipped cream and serving it as a sandwich is the best way to start a refreshing day.

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Snacks & Candies

Candied Sweet Potato

Candied Sweet Potato

Candied sweet potato is a classic Japanese dessert that is effortless to make. It has a mixture of brown sugar, butter, and spices roasted until they get caramelized. These candied sweet potatoes have coverage of sweet syrup that will melt in your mouth instantly with each bite. It is a versatile Thanksgiving dish.

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Banana Sushi

Banana Sushi

Banana sushi is a fun-to-cook dessert that is quick and easy to make at home. It is a straightforward recipe with an icy topping. However, you can add chocolate, too, for the topping. If you have bananas and a few ingredients (banana, butter, crushed cereal, coconuts, chopped chocolate, and cinnamon sugar), you can make quick banana sushi at home. If you need something in seafood, try these masago sushi rolls.

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Mitarashi Dango (Glazed Rice Dumplings)

Mitarashi Dango

Mitarashi dango is a traditional Japanese recipe that is famous for rice dumplings. Dangos are skewered in the sticks and enjoyed all year round. Sweet and tangy flavored dango can easily be made at home. Grilling these dumplings brings a little hint of char. Its contrasting flavors and texture bring back older memories.

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Frozen Desserts

Green Tea Ice-Cream

Green Tea Ice Cream

Green tea ice cream is a great refreshing dessert for summer. You need a few ingredients to make this delicious and creamy ice cream. It has deep and rich green tea flavors, making it the best ice cream for green tea lovers. It goes perfectly well after a dinner party or when you crave a unique ice cream flavor.

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Green Tea Ice Cream (Matcha Ice Cream)

Matcha Ice Cream

Green and refreshing tea ice cream is perfect for hot summer days. You only need a few simple ingredients to try this recipe at home. With its rich texture and deep intensity, this matcha ice cream can take you back to Japan. This recipe is especially famous in Japanese ice cream parlors. Sugar, salt, matcha, milk, and cream combine to give something incredible.

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Yuzu Sorbet

Yuzu Sorbet

Yuzu sorbet is an irresistible and tasty dessert with a little citrusy flavor. A delicious combination of mandarin orange, lemon, and grapefruit fills the mouth with tangy and sweet flavors. Bright and creamy yuzu sorbet is everyone’s favorite treat all year round.

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Drinks & Smoothies

Barley Tea

Barley Tea

Barley tea is a traditional dish popular in Japanese houses, gatherings, and restaurants. It is made from roasted barley grains that are caffeine free-beverage. It has the bitter taste of coffee and also a dry finish. You can serve it with many other desserts.

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Dessert You’ll Love

Japanese Desserts recipes

26 Traditional Japanese Desserts You Must Try

Adalynn Ward
Japanese desserts are delicate and delightful, becoming trendy in restaurants and homes worldwide. From traditional to modern recipes, all Japanese desserts have unique flavors that serve amazingly best on every table whenever you try them.
4 from 2 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 4 persons

Ingredients

  • Japanese Cheesecake
  • Coffee Jelly
  • Daifuku Mochi
  • Dorayaki
  • Candied Sweet Potato
  • Green Tea Mochi
  • Green Tea Ice-Cream
  • Raindrop Cake
  • Purin
  • Honey Toast
  • Anko
  • Japanese Cake Roll
  • Barley Tea
  • Banana Sushi
  • Green Tea Cookies
  • Green Tea Ice Cream Matcha Ice Cream
  • Mitarashi Dango Glazed Rice Dumplings
  • Matcha Mochi
  • Black Sesame Pudding
  • Yuzu Sorbet
  • Kinako Cookies Roasted Soy Flour Cookies
  • Castella Cake Japanese Honey Sponge Cake
  • Japanese Fruit Sandwich Fruit Sando
  • Hojicha Panna Cotta Roasted Green Tea Panna Cotta

How to Make?

  • Select one of these traditional Japanese desserts from the above list and open it on a new tab.
  • Before making the desserts, make sure to note all the ingredients that you need for the dessert.
  • Make sure that all the ingredients must be fresh.
  • Follow the instructions to try these recipes, and if you want to make the serving smaller or larger, ensure to retain the ratio of the ingredients.
  • hope you have made the dessert that you want to make.
  • Don’t forget to leave your feedback in comments.

Nutrition

Serving: 1dishCalories: 210kcalCarbohydrates: 9g
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