Mochi Ice Cream

Make these sweet ice cream wrapped in pillow-soft dough frozen treats at home!

Is there anything yummier than sweet ice cream wrapped in pillow-soft dough? With this recipe, you can now make this frozen Japanese treat at home!

Mochi Ice Cream

Erika Tangtatco
Make these sweet ice cream wrapped in pillow-soft dough frozen treats at home!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 10


Mochi Ice Cream

  • 1 pint ice cream
  • 1 Cup glutinous rice flour
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 4 drops food coloring
  • cornstarch


  • Using a #40 ice cream scooper or a scooper with a diameter of 1 1/2 inches, pre-scoop ice cream onto a prepared tray or baking sheet. Place in the freezer for at least 6 hours or overnight until thoroughly frozen. You should have 10 scoops.
  • Place glutinous rice flour in a microwavable bowl. Add water a little at a time, mixing continuously with a wooden spoon to prevent lumps.
  • Mix in sugar and food coloring until well combined.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and microwave on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Using a wooden spoon dipped in water, mix dough and place back in the microwave for another minute. The mixture is ready when it is smooth and shiny.
  • Dust work surface with cornstarch and place mochi dough on top. Work quickly with dough while it is still hot.
  • Dust rolling pin and hands with additional cornstarch then roll out dough until 1/4-inch-thick. Using a 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut the dough into circles. If the dough gets too dry while you are working with it, mix in a few teaspoons of water and place back in the microwave for a minute.
  • Place mochi rounds between two layers of plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes or until cool to the touch.
  • Working quickly, wrap pre-scooped ice cream in chilled mochi rounds. Seal the bottom securely and dust with additional cornstarch. Freeze until ready to serve. This is best made a day before serving.
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