New Year’s Tradition: Making Mochi

Welcome to 2014! I hope you all made it to midnight and then got to sleep in. If you’re anything like us, you’re lucky if it was one or the other. (We made it to midnight…)

In Japanese tradition, New Year’s Day is celebrated with mochi making ceremonies, which is especially appropriate here at Frock Files since last year’s most popular posts were the mochi recipes! In case you want to celebrate Japanese-style today, here are four mochi recipes to get you started.

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The easiest, super soft chi chi dango mochi from my grandma’s recipe box.

How to Make Pumpkin Mochi

Pumpkin mochi. Because I went through that period last fall where I wanted to pumpkin-ify everything!

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Mochi ice cream. Fill these babies with any kind of ice cream you please — great for non-dairy eaters.

Easy and Decadent Butter Mochi

Butter mochi — the perfect introduction to mochi for those who have never tried it before. Cake-like, sweet, and decadent.

I’ll be making my grandma’s chi chi dango recipe today. She always told me that the way you spend New Year’s Day is the way you’ll spend the rest of the year, so I guess we’ll have a lot more mochi goodness in the coming months. Happy New Year!

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  1. Can I come over?!? I love mochi! The pink ones are my favorite. We are spending a long weekend at Mt. Hood to start off our year. The snow is scant, but we’re still having a great time. Happy new year!

  2. What an awesome collection of mochi recipes! Happy New Year! šŸ™‚

  3. Can’t wait to try these recipes out! If they taste as good as they look, my kids will love you for sharing šŸ™‚ Happy New Year!

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