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How to Make Ghost Mochi: A Step-by-Step Guide


Hey there, fellow sweet tooths (or should I say fangs for this occasion)! I'm an experienced chef with an insatiable passion for whipping up delectable desserts that are not just a treat to your palate, but also to your soul. Today, we're creating some culinary magic inspired by the spookiest time of the year, Halloween!

Ever heard of ghost mochi? These cute, ghost-shaped mochi treats are not just a delight to your taste buds, they're also an incredibly fun and spooky dessert to rustle up in your kitchen in anticipation of Halloween. Whether you're a seasoned baker looking to diversify your festive creations, or you're new to the world of mochi, strap in and get ready to have some ghostly fun!


To cast a spell with our Ghost Mochi, you're going to need:

  • 1 cup of Mochiko (sweet glutinous rice flour)
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup of water
  • Cornstarch for dusting
  • Red and black food-grade edible markers or icing

Don't be spooked out if you aren't familiar with Mochiko. It's a type of sweet rice flour—key to making mochi—that you can usually find in the Asian ingredients aisle of your supermarket or at local Asian grocery stores.


Preparing for our spectral culinary journey should be just as fun as the journey itself. Let's get started.

  1. Before anything else, make sure all your utensils and bowls are dry. This is mochi-making rule number one! Mochi dough does not play well with water.
  2. Sieve the Mochiko into a large microwave-safe bowl to get rid of clumps. Trust me, sieving might seem a tad tedious, but it'll make your dough nice and smooth—just like a ghost's boo!

Making the Mochi

Alright, folks. It's time for the main event!

  1. Combine your sieved Mochiko and sugar in your bowl.
  2. Gradually add water while you stir to avoid any big, spooky clumps. Once ready, cover the bowl with some plastic wrap (but remember to leave a small opening for steam to escape).
  3. Pop the bowl in the microwave for about 5 minutes on high. Make sure to watch it while it cooks—we don't want any real scares!
  4. After cooking, let the mochi rest for a minute. Then carefully stir with a spatula and microwave for another minute. Once done, take out the bowl, and let the dough cool for a bit before handling it. Remember, safety first, lovelies!

Decorating the Ghost Mochi

Now comes the part where we breathe life into our ghostly mochi.

  1. Dust a clean flat surface and your hands with cornstarch. Flatten and stretch your mochi dough out into a rectangle. Don't worry if it's not perfect, remember, ghosts are ethereal!
  2. Cut out ghost shapes using a cookie cutter or just with a knife if you're feeling adventurous.
  3. Once cut, use your edible markers or icing to sketch out some cute spooktacular faces onto your mochi. You can get creative here!

Voila! Your ghost mochi army is now ready for the world.


Believe it or not, you've just conjured up some jaw-droppingly adorable Ghost Mochi. By dutifully following these steps, you've not only made a tasty Halloween treat, but you've also created something that'll amaze anyone you show it to. This recipe out and share your own spectral sugar stampede with the world!

Additional Resources

Want more? Check out our other related recipes for some horror-if dessert fun, or peek at our recommended list of equipment to make your mochi-making process even smoother!

So, whether you're a talented pastry chef or an eager beginner, this spooktacular ghost mochi recipe will surely add a 'BOO-st' to your Halloween festivities!

Until our next culinary adventure, happy mochi-making!

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