By now we have certainly reached the point where we have to bid farewell to the cherry blossom season. But even though we can’t gawk at the pretty trees blooming in pink anymore, we can still bake cherry blossom cookies! You won’t even need to buy a new cookie cutter. A regular circle one works just as fine after a little tampering.

These cookies owe their bright pink colour and intense strawberry aroma to a special natural ingredient: freeze-dried red berries! You might remember my instructions for making delicious pink berry chocolate with this ingredient from this post. Your local supermarket may sell freeze-dried berries (such as Coop in Switzerland), otherwise try looking for them in specialty stores or simply buy a box of cereals that contain freeze-dried berries and pick them out by hand :-D

I suggest serving the cherry blossom cookies with a cup of hot vanilla-scented black tea, for example Twinings’ Vanilla Black Tea. Enjoy!

Recipe for Pink Cherry Blossom Cookies with Strawberry Yoghurt Flavour

(makes 2 baking trays full of cookies)

Based on this recipe for Coffe Glazed Yoghurt Cookies

  • 125g butter, room temperature
  • 100g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 Tbs strawberry yoghurt
  • about 30g whole freeze-dried berries or 20g freeze-dried berry powder (I used a mixture of strawberry, raspberry and red currant sold at Coop)
  • 300g all-purpose flour
  • 25g cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • a round cookie cutter squished to an almond shape
  1. Preheat oven to 150°C.
  2. First, beat butter and sugar. Then add the egg and yoghurt and beat well.
  3. If you are using whole freeze-dried berries, grind them and sieve the powder to remove the seeds.
  4. Combine freeze-dried berry powder, flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt and sift everything into the butter mixture. Knead well. At this point you’re supposed to notice a fruity fragrance. Divide the dough in tw0 and refrigerate for about an hour.
  5. Roll the dough to a thickness of 0.5cm.
  6. Cut out cherry blossom petals with your cookie cutter by overlapping the pattern like shown in the pictures.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Voilà, pink cherry blossom cookies! Let them cool down before serving.


Have a nice tea party.


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20 Responses to “Cherry Blossom Cookies with Strawberry Yoghurt Flavour”

  • Wei-Wei says:

    Oh, how beautiful! The colour and shape of the cookies are simply lovely. And the smell! I can’t even imagine how gorgeous the smell would be.

    This is a lovely recipe and how-to. Thanks so much! :) I really like your blog, by the way. It’s very informative, looking forward to more posts soon! :)


  • These are so beautiful! I saw these at foodgawker and really have to check it out. I have some frozen strawberry powder, so now I know exactly what to do with them.

  • Temma says:

    Lovely! A store near me sells several varieties of freeze dried berries, so I definitely see these cookies (and perhaps a raspberry variation) of these in my future.

  • Susan says:

    They sound delicious! I love strawberry cookies but I rarely see strawberry flavors in homemade cookies. Thank you for sharing. I really want to try this out! “…or simply buy a box of cereals that contain freeze-dried berries and pick them out by hand” <– Haha, that's what I was thinking about doing :D.

  • Patty says:

    So pretty! And I love how they’re naturally pink – so many folks are allergic to red food coloring… Thanks for sharing. :)

  • lufflee says:

    UWAH! These are way way WAY too cute. I showed my friend this link and we’re both really dying to make them ourselves (and frantically looking for freeze dried berries xDD)

    I was goign to try substituting just frozen berries but I dotn think itd work since the fruits are kind of made into a powdery substance :( But I am tempted to try that variation one of these days just for my own curiousity.

    • Jojo Krang says:

      Thank you lufflee. Freeze dried berries aren’t easy to get – but you could try and substitute them with instant strawberry milk shake powder or something similar. I guess tastewise this would be a well substitute. To achieve the right colour tone you would have to add some drops of red food colouring, though.

  • Analu Campos says:

    Genius!! I love your work, you are an artist!

  • Great article! I love your work! I am amazed with your brilliant idea.Thank you for the recipe. I want to try making this one too and give it to my loved ones and i bet that they would love it.

  • Damp noodlE man says:

    Ever since I introduced you to the gentle arts of confiserie, you’ve surprised me with almost daily incredible steps, no, quantum leaps, you’ve taken on the way to world class practitioner of the art. Eyecandy, indeed. Your humblest servant,

  • Lea says:

    Hast du gefrorene Beeren oder getrocknete Beeren gefunden (im Coop)?
    Lustig, ich habe dich wegen dem Muster auf der Schokolade auf einem Bild als Schweizerin erkannt ;)

    • Jojo Krang says:

      Hoi Lea

      Es sind gefrier-getrocknete Beeren, die findest du in grösseren Coop Filialen bei der Backabteilung.
      Und ja, bin us de Schwiiz ;-)

  • billy says:

    I’m just discovering your blog, thanks to Steph (
    Very nice, pretty, cute ideas and no doubt delicious!!
    Can’t resist to subscribe just for the pleasure of eyes and of course also for delicacies
    Merci et à bientôt
    Taste and savor without moderation!!!

  • Angela C says:

    Hi Jojo,

    Jut discovered your blog, and I realised I’m 2 years too late! Your blog is beautiful and inspiring, wish you’ll continue writing!

    Angela x

  • Kim says:

    These are so beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial!

    hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!

  • Lauren says:

    Starship Enterprise cookies! :p But seriously, very cute idea!

  • kATE says:

    Oh my goodness!! I wish you were still updating your blog!! I just found it, and your food presentation is beautiful! You make it look fun to make (and eat!) these foods! I can’t wait to try all of these things! :)

  • JOJO,
    Thank you so much for sharing this. It really helped us to find a solution to one of the really crazy ideas we were working on. Please do visit our blog to see. We shall be referring and crediting your blog in the write up. Hope that is alright with you.

    Vishal & Amrita

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