12 best Japanese Christmas desserts

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Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth with a taste of Japan’s festive delights! In this article, I’ll introduce you to My favorite 12 Japanese Christmas desserts. From light and fluffy to rich and yummy, these treats bring joy and flavors to the holiday season. Let’s explore the magical world of Japanese sweets that make Christmas extra special!

1-Japanese Cheesecake

Japanese-style cheesecake, sometimes called soufflé cheesecake or cotton cheesecake, boasts an irresistibly soft and fluffy texture.

2- Yatsuhashi

Yatsuhashi is a traditional Japanese sweet made from glutinous rice flour (mochiko), including joshinko and shiratamako, sugar, and cinnamon. Originating from the Kyoto region of Japan, it has become a popular treat and souvenir. There are two main types of yatsuhashi: Nama (raw) and baked.

3- Ujikintoki Kakigori

Japanese shaved ice is called kakigori. It comes in a variety of flavors, and a traditional type is Ujikintoki, made with shaved ice at the base, drizzled with green tea syrup and topped with red bean paste.

4- Hojicha Panna Cotta

Hojicha is Japanese roasted green tea. Unlike matcha, hojicha is brown due to the roasting process. It features a nutty and toasted tea flavor, which is quite delightful.


Mitarashi Dango is a classic Japanese snack and street food created by skewering rice dumplings, grilling them, and then coating them in a thick sweet soy glaze.

6- Mizu Yokan

Mizu Yokan is a chilled Japanese red bean jelly with sweetened chestnuts, a beloved traditional sweet in Japan. It’s an easy recipe to make at home and particularly delicious for enjoying on the holidays.

7- Wagashi Sponge Cake

Japanese Sponge Cake Recipe – This fluffy and tender castella cake is a classic baked dessert (yakimono wagashi) that is delicious without being overly sweet. Serve this jiggly cake for a lighter treat that everyone will love!

8- Daifuku Mochi

Daifuku mochi has to be my favorite Japanese snack of all time. Sweet sticky rice is wrapped around red bean paste to form soft, pillow-like dessert bites that you’ll want to make again and again.

9-  Sakura Mochi

Sakura mochi is an exquisite traditional Japanese dessert typically enjoyed in spring, coinciding with the blooming of cherry blossoms.

10- Dorayaki (どらやき) 

Dorayaki is a type of wagashi, a traditional Japanese sweet, extremely popular with both kids and adults in Japan.

11- Warabi Mochi

Warabi mochi is a chewy and chilled Japanese dessert, traditionally made from bracken starch. It’s dusted with roasted soybean powder and drizzled with brown sugar syrup.

12- Sata Andagi (Okinawan Doughnuts)

Sata Andagi is a doughnut made with three ingredients – cake flour, sugar, and egg. The name comes from the Okinawan words: “sata” meaning sugar and “andagi” meaning deep-fried (food).