Chinese New Year Red Bean and Strawberry Pinwheel Cookies

Chinese New Year Red Bean and Strawberry Pinwheel Cookies
Easy Red Bean & Strawberry Pinwheel Cookies for Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year (CNY) is coming up and I’m super excited because I attempted my first cookie recipe with red bean: Red Bean and Strawberry Pinwheel Cookies. I loooove red bean. It’s a staple in Chinese sweets and I could never get enough of it as a kid. Red bean is usually used as a topping or filling for cakes, so it took quite a bit of thinking to find a way of incorporating red bean into cookies.

Truth be told, I’ve never tried to make Chinese sweets. Growing up, my family always went to the bakery to buy sweets and pastries, so it wasn’t until recently that I started to learn about Chinese recipes. These Red Bean and Strawberry Pinwheel Cookies certainly aren’t traditional Chinese New Year cookies. However, the flaky texture (almost pastry-like), red bean filling, and sesame topping are odes to my favorite Chinese flavors. I also love that they’re not overly sweet—it makes it easier to rationalize scarfing down a half dozen of these cookies in one sitting. I’m sure your friends and family will feel the same way, so make sure you bake enough!

If you’re in need of a few more CNY cookie recipes, look no further. I collaborated with 15 other amazing recipe bloggers for a Chinese New Year Cookie Party! It’s the same concept as the Virtual Dinner Parties I did last summer (Sweet Pepper Honey Cornbread Muffins) and fall (Vanilla Apple Chai Cupcakes). Awesome, right? I know you don’t want to miss out on the other recipes, so I provided all the links below.

Chinese New Year Cookie Party Recipes

If you make any of the cookies from our Chinese New Year Cookie Party, or you just want to show the party some love, make sure you use our hashtag on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter): #ChineseNewYearCookieParty. We’d love to see your pics!

Yields 24-28 cookies

Chinese New Year Red Bean and Strawberry Pinwheel Cookies

4 hrPrep Time

15 minCook Time

4 hr, 15 Total Time

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  • 1 cup Lard
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 Egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 tablespoon Water
  • Powdered Sugar (for rolling out the dough)
  • Filling
  • 1 1/4 cup Sweet Red Bean Paste
  • 1/4 cup Strawberry Jam
  • 1/2 cup Sesame Seeds (for sprinkling)


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, cream together the lard, cream cheese, and almond extract until light and fluffy.
  2. Add flour and salt and mix until the dough starts to come together.
  3. Transfer the dough to a work surface and divide into two equal parts. Shape each part into discs and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or overnight.
  4. Take dough out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for 5 minutes.
  5. Dust your work surface with powdered sugar and roll out each disc 1/4 to 1/8 inch thick.
  6. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 3x3 inch squares. Then cut a 1 inch slit diagonally on each corner of the squares.
  7. Filling and Assembly
  8. In a medium bowl, mix the sweet red bean paste and strawberry jam together until fully combined.
  9. Place a teaspoon of the red bean and strawberry mixture in the middle of each square. If you have leftover filling, you can store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
  10. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  11. Bring every other corner of dough together to center and press to seal.
  12. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat mat. Transfer pastries to baking sheets, leaving 2 inches of space in between. Refrigerate for 15-20 mins.
  13. Whisk together the egg and water to make the egg wash. Brush the egg wash over each cookie—pay close attention to the points.
  14. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the center of each cookie.
  15. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until edges are golden brown.
  16. Cool on a cooling rack and wait until they are room temperature to serve.


Yes, I did use lard instead of butter. Lard is used in a lot of Chinese recipes, which is why I opted for lard over butter. Technically, you could make this cookie with any fat/oil, so if you'd rather use shortening or butter, go for it. Here's the thing about lard, it sounds super gross, but is great in baked goods. You might be able to find it at your local Asian market, but you can definitely find it at a Mexican grocery store in the baking aisle. Lastly, if you're looking for sweet red bean paste and sesame seeds, you can find both items at your local Asian grocery store.


Easy Red Bean & Strawberry Pinwheel Cookies for Chinese New Year.
Easy Red Bean & Strawberry Pinwheel Cookies for Chinese New Year.
Easy Red Bean & Strawberry Pinwheel Cookies for Chinese New Year.
Easy Red Bean & Strawberry Pinwheel Cookies for Chinese New Year.
Easy Red Bean & Strawberry Pinwheel Cookies for Chinese New Year.

Guys, I know I’ve been über M.I.A. and I’m SO sorry. I had a cold that turned into bronchitis and it’s been impossible for me to be in the kitchen. It wasn’t until this past week that I was able to start baking again—just in time to test this recipe. I had some killer music on my kitchen last week when I was working on this recipe and I just had to share it with you. Take a listen to The Blazing Ray of the Sun‘s new record, Young Love! The Where Could I Go track is my personal fave. Happy listening and baking!

Easy Red Bean and Strawberry Pinwheel Cookies for Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year.