Happy Valentine’s Day from Okinawa Japan

How to make okinawan cookies “chinsuko”?

Hi everyone! Happy Valentine’s Day♡ How are you going to spend today? Hopefully, you are going to spend amazing day. Do you know Japanese Valentine’s Day is little a bit different to general one. Valentine’s Day is usually Men give some presents such as flowers, chocolate and message card to women however, in Japan is opposite. Women give them to men, normally they make hand-made chocolate dessert or buy chocolate. However, sister and I decide to make Okinawan Cookies which we call “Chinsuko(ちんすこう)”. We have been inherited this since 400 years. It was only for royal family and aristocracy in Ryukyu Era nowadays, this is very popular as Okinawa souvenir.

How to make Okinawan Cookies “Chinsuko”

Makes approximately 2 dozen

  • 240g flour
  • 160g sugar
  • 100g pure lard

Preheat oven to 150 ~ 160 degrees.

Mix pure lard and sugar. Add sugar little by little.

Add flour also little by little. (this is different to normal cookies so it looks dry little a bit, but it is no problem if you can make a shape)

Cut into desired shape.

Place on baking sheet, parchment, or silicone baking mat, and bake for 18 to 25 minutes. (I recommend that start is 20 mins and cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges or not, and add 5mins more)

Let’s try to make Chinsuko! You might be able to feel Ryukyu Era 🙂

Thank you.


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