Blueberry Manju is a wonderful cookie to make for a special occasion or for someone special. The recipe is my own, which I have adapted, from a recipe my friend gave me years ago, when I lived in Honolulu.
To give you a little background on this cookie...
Manju, is a Japanese cookie, usually filled with bean paste, and can be steamed or baked. For this recipe, I am making a baked Manju. Also known as Yaki Manju, Yaki meaning cooked, usually over direct heat. Yaki Manju is a very crispy cookie, similar in texture to shortbread cookies.
I adapted this recipe by switching out the bean paste with fresh blueberries, and using a gluten free flour mix vs all purpose flour. If you do not require gluten free, you can by all means use regular white flour. If you are feeling extra adventurous, use red or black bean paste instead of the blueberries! On a personal note, I prefer the black beans to the red.
Blueberry Manju Recipe
- 2 1/2 C. gluten free flour mix
- 1 T. sugar, granulated
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 C. extra light, extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 C. ice water
- fresh blueberries, approx. 1 cup
- Extra sugar, for sprinkling (optional)
Blend together, gf flour mix, sugar and salt. Make a well in center of bowl, add oil and ice water. Mix well.
Shape dough into small round balls, you will have a dozen.
Flatten the balls onto an ungreased cookie sheet, shaping them into circles. Add 5-7 blueberries to each circle. (If you are the adventurous baker, this is where you will use about a tablespoon of bean paste!). Pinch the edges of the circle together to seal the berries inside, keeping the form of a circle.
Your unbaked Manju will look like this:
Note the upper left Manju I left unsealed to show you a circle before sealing.
Bake at 400℉ for 25-30 minutes. Makes 1 Dozen.
After they finish baking, you can sprinkle sugar on top of the warm cookies. This is optional, as it is not traditional to do so with this type of Manju, but I like the extra touch of sweetness!
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I enjoyed creating and sharing these Blueberry Manjus with you!
Until next time...