Chocolate Snow Skin Mooncakes

by | Teaching Chinese at Home

Learning Chinese can be hard. Some parents hire Chinese tutor, buy lots of Chinese books, or even take their kids to China in the summer so their kids can be immersed in Chinese culture.

Making and eating Chinese food is one of the best ways to taste the “flavor” of China. It is a hands-on and super fun family activity as well.

However, trying new food from a different culture can be a challenge too, especially for the little one. Little kids may not like eating traditional Chinese mooncakes, so this version of mooncakes is perfect for kids to start with. Not to mention, the snow skin dough feels like playdough so it is super fun for kids to make some snow skin mooncakes.

I learned this snow skin mooncake recipe from a very good friend, Candy, who loves cooking. She is amazing with Chinese and Western baking. I’m sharing her recipe with you today.

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Eating Moon cake is a Chinese Tradition

Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the significant Chinese festivals for Chinese people.

During the Mid-Autumn Festival, people worship the moon, celebrate the harvest, and eat moon cake as a family.

Eating moon cake symbolizes the reunion of a family, and we express our thanks for our completeness of families, relatives, and friends.

Of course, as time passes to our generation, children play lanterns, flashlights, and candles during the Mid-Autumn Festival.

When I was a teenager, we would have BBQ at the beach and hang out the whole night as well.

It’s a great festival and a holiday for us to celebrate.



Tips for Making snow skin Mooncakes with kids


When I talk a lot about how to teach kids Chinese at home, the best way is to celebrate Chinese festivals with them.

I strongly recommend to make and cook Chinese traditional food with your children. It’s fun, hands-on, and memorable family activity.

If you would like to try making snow skin moon cake with your kids, here are two tips for you:


Prepare Ahead

Because both dough and filling need to be chilled, I prepared them 2-3 days in advance and leave them in the fridge. Since they are already in the fridge, I just need to wait for the perfect day to wrap the moon cakes with my kids.


Practice with Play-dough first

Using the moon cakes mold takes practice, especially if you want the pattern and words on the moon cake to look clear and perfect. That’s why it’s a good idea to let your kids practice using the molds with play dough first. It’d be fun for them too.




Chocolate Snow skin MoonCakes

The soft, cold snow skin dough with the rich and creamy chocolate filling will become the highlight of the Mid-Autumn Festival. It is a perfect dessert for everyone to celebrate this wonderful season.

Are you ready to start?

 Prepare Time:  60 minutes                            Make Time:  60 minutes                               Total Time:  2 hours

Yield:    (50g per mooncake)




Snow skin Dough:

  • 200g  Snowskin premix powder
  • 40g     Vegetable shortening
  • 200g  Water (in room temperature)
  • A few Coco powders/ any food powder (optional)
  • 1 cup  Cooked flour to dust the mooncake and the mold


  • A Chocolate Cake (break it into pieces): I used this recipe from Add a Pinch. This is one of the BEST chocolate cake I ever made. I love it!
  • Chocolate Ganache: I also used the recipe from Add a Pinch to make my chocolate ganache.
  • Chocolate cereal (optional)
  • Milk


For the Filling:

  1. Bake a chocolate cake and break it into pieces.
  2. Make a batch of chocolate ganache. After it cools down, add some chocolate cereal for a better texture.
  3. Mix both chocolate cake and the ganache together. and add some milk to make it creamy.
  4. Put it in the fridge. Chill for at least an hour.


For the Snow skin Dough:


  1. Mix all the ingredients together, and add some Coco powder for the color of the dough.
  2. Put it in the fridge. Chill for at least an hour.




Making the chocolate snow skin Mooncakes:

  1. When both chocolate mixture and the dough are firm enough to handle, divide them into 25g portions each and roll into a ball.
  2. In the meantime, put about a cup of flour into a steamer to steam it for 5 minutes. Take it out and cool down.
  1. Flatten the dough. Place the filling into the center of the dough. Wrapped it up tightly and seal the edges.
  2. Lightly dust the cooked flour around the mooncake. Then, Put it into the mooncake mold. Tap and remove it gently.
  3. Chill for at least 6 hours before serving.

* Note:

– People put all sorts of filling into the snow skin mooncakes. There are Oreo, black sesame seeds, red beans paste, green bean paste, etc.

– The ratio of the dough and the filling is very important. You don’t want to end up with too much or too little filling, or too thick or too thin of a dough.



Let See How We Did

It was my first time in my life making moon cake, and I was nervous to involve my kids at the same time.

However, it’s actually not that bad.

Compare to the traditional moon cakes, it’s much easier to get my kids involved.

The texture of the snow-skin dough is just like play-dough, so my kids were able to help out and had a blast!

Plus it’s more like a chocolate dessert anyways. I know your kids will love it as well.

Thanks to my husband to take all these amazing pictures as well. 

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