The Best Local Hawaii Butter Mochi Recipe

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What is Butter Mochi?

Butter Mochi is a popular Hawaii dessert made from the basic ingredients of glutinous rice flour and coconut milk. It has a chewy texture and a sweet, buttery flavor. *Chef kiss!

Butter Mochi is by far one of the easiest and most onolicious recipes to make that is unique to Hawaii. I’ve had this treat many times in Hawaii and would sneak back to get seconds. Yes, I’m guilty of indulging in this treat! So, a warning that you will never go back to any other mochi recipe after you made this recipe.

Where can you find Butter Mochi?

You will typically find Butter Mochi at any Hawaii local bakeries, specialty dessert shops, or Asian grocery stores (if you are lucky enough to find one on the mainland). You may also find some retailers who offer pre-packaged Butter Mochi for purchase.

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Comment on your favorite place to grab Butter Mochi! I’ve had Butter Mochi growing up and remember eating it out of plastic wrap from a local selling it on the side of the road. But honestly, the best way is to make it at home using our recipe.

What are the ingredients for Butter Mochi?

Butter Mochi has very simple ingredients. To make everything from scratch, the ingredients are:

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Mochiko Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Coconut Milk

How do you make Butter Mochi?

To make Butter Mochi, there are a few steps to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Melt the butter and mix with sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  • Add in the dry ingredients and mix it well.
  • Pour into a 9×13 pan and quickly shake the pan for any air bubbles.
  • Bake for 1 hour.
  • Cool to room temperature and cut into the Butter Mochi.

Are there similar recipes for Butter Mochi?

If you are looking for more mochi-related recipes, you should try out these recipes:

Tips & FAQs

Is Butter Mochi gluten-free?

Yes, this Butter Mochi is gluten-free since it uses glutinous rice flour, which is naturally gluten-free.

How should I store butter mochi?

Butter mochi can be stored at room temperature for a day or two, but for longer storage, it’s best to refrigerate it in an airtight container.

Can I reheat butter mochi?

Yes, probably the best way to get back that original taste when it was freshly baked. Simply reheat it by microwave for a few seconds or in the oven at a low temperature until warmed through.

Can I add other flavors to Butter Mochi?

Of course! I encourage you to try out different flavors, especially ube, matcha, or chocolate.

How long does Butter Mochi stay fresh?

Butter mochi is best when consumed within a few days of baking. It can be stored for up to a week in the refrigerator, but its texture may change slightly over time.

Give this onolicious recipe a try! If you did give it a try, please leave a comment with a star rating below. Mahalo!

Butter Mochi

Try this chewy delight of butter mochi with this easy recipe. A Hawaii delight that highlights its perfectly sweet, chewy, and onolicious coconut flavor!
Print Recipe
Prep Time:25 minutes
Cook Time:1 hour
Total Time:1 hour 25 minutes


  • 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 16 oz (1 box) mochiko flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
  • 1 can (14 oz) coconut milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Melt 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter and mix it together with 2 cups granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add in the 4 large eggs and 1 tsp vanilla extract and mix it well.
    1/2 cup melted unsalted butter, 2 cups granulated sugar, 4 large eggs, 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Then add in the dry ingredients, 16 oz (1 box) mochiko flour and 2 tsp baking powder. It will get very thick to mix together. Then add in the 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk and 1 can (14 oz) coconut milk. Mix well.
    16 oz (1 box) mochiko flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk, 1 can (14 oz) coconut milk
  • Pour the mixture into a 9x13in pan. Shake to surface any air bubbles.
  • Pop it into the oven to bake for 1 hour.
  • Let it cool down to room temperature for 30 minutes. Flip the pan over and the Butter Mochi slide out. Cut it into even pieces. Serve and enjoy!


Servings: 24

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