Blueberry Manju



Oriental cookie, Blueberry Manju, this recipe is made with gluten free flour

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


Ingredients:

  • 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)

Directions:




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...

                                               With Aloha!

                                                           Jane

38 comments:

  1. I have never heard of Manju cookies before. I love anything cookie related so I'm sure I'd love these blueberry versions!

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    1. They are very delicious and so easy to prepare. Thank you for your visit Laura!

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  2. Yum! These look awesome - I love cookies too, and I would love to try these!

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  3. Thank you Paige! They are very easy to prepare, hope you enjoy them!

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  4. These look really good. I have never heard of them but I would be very interested in trying these out!!

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    1. Thank you Chris. They are fun and easy to make. If you like crispy cookies, that aren't too sweet, this is the perfect cookie! Let me know if you make them and what you think.

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  5. I haven't heard of these, but they sure do look delicious!

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    1. Thank you Echo for your visit and kind words.

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  6. I have everything I need to bake these TODAY! I think Offspring and my Dad will love them. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Lizzie! Hope you have fun making them! You'll have to let me know if they are a hit with your family.

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  7. I bet they are nice and crisp with the olive oil. Delicious little cookie using the in season blueberries.

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    1. Thank you for your visit and kind words.

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  8. Wow, what an interesting cookie. I must be so good. I love the addition of blueberries!

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    1. They are really good Ilona! I can never stop at just one!

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  9. I cannot WAIT to try these! We have blueberry bushes and I love to cook with them!!!

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    1. That is so awesome that you have your own blueberry bushes, Kellie! Hope you enjoy them, you will have to let me know.

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    1. Thank you Lauryn, they are very yummy!

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  11. I love blueberries. This is my first time hearing of Manju and they are yummy looking! Pinning this.

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    1. Thank you for the pin Jccee, enjoy!

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  12. YUMMY! This sounds so so so delicious

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    1. Thank you Shannon. appreciate your visit.

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  13. interesting. I have never heard of manju, but it sounds good! My husband and I usually like to purchase little bean cakes from the asian market...so if it is anything like that, it should be good.

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    1. They are really good, Jess! The bean cakes you purchase are probably similar, there are many variations, depending on the region the recipe orginates from. Chinese and Korean cuisine have a similar product with different names for theirs.

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  14. There is nothing I don't love about this recipe!! Thank you.. this is a MUST try!!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment and visit! Hope you enjoy the Manju!

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  15. So glad you could join us for Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy this week!
    I LOVE blueberries!
    Hope to see you again real soon! :-)

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    1. Thank you for hosting such a great party! Thank you for visiting today, have a beautiful week.

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  16. I've never heard of Manju cookies before either! I like easy cookie recipes - looks delicious!

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    1. Hope you enjoy making these cookies, the recipe is quite easy.

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  17. I never even heard of steaming a cookie! That is interesting! I too would go with blueberries rather than bean paste, I just love blueberries!! ;) Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    1. Steamed Manju is absolutely delicious! Hope you get the opportunity to try it sometime.

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  18. These look so yummy! I would love to try them! My parents recently visited Hawaii and I'm sure they would love to try them! I'll have to share this with them.

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    1. Hope you get the chance to try out the recipe, you'll have to let me know what you think. That's awesome that your parents had the chance to visit the Islands.

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  19. Bean past cookies do not sound good, but I adore blueberries and I don't think I ever met a dish with blueberries that I didn't like!

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    1. Bean paste is an acquired taste! That's why I opted to go with Blueberries in this recipe, not too any who don't like blueberries ;)!

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  20. wow my fav..BLUEBERRY! wanna try this at home. Thanks for shraing.

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    1. Your welcome Hero! Thanks for the visit and happy baking!

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