Children's Day Koinobori Fish Shaped Biscuits

Children's Day Koinobori Fish Shaped Biscuits

  • Serves 3-6
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Celebrate Japanese Children’s Day with these tasty koinobori fish shaped biscuits. Koinobori are the carp-shaped wind socks that are traditionally hung from the roofs of Japanese houses during Children’s Day festivals on 5th May. This biscuit or cookie recipe is all about using your art and design skills, and makes a delightfully fun cooking/art project for kids as well as adults.


230g flour
100g butter
80g sugar
1 egg

How To Prepare

  1. Take the butter out of the fridge and leave until room temperature. 
  2. Cream the softened butter and sugar together in a bowl. Once combined, add the egg and mix well.
  3. Sift the flour into the bowl, mix well, and form the dough into a ball.
  4. Wrap the dough with cling film and chill for half an hour in the fridge.
  5. Preheat your oven to 170C.
  6. Take the dough out of the fridge and roll out onto a floured surface to 2-3mm thick. Cut out fish shapes with biscuit cutters if possible, otherwise use a butter knife to gently cut out the shapes avoiding damage to the working surface. Make half of the fish-shaped biscuits larger (about 8cmx3.5cm) than the rest of the dough. With the other half, make small ones (about 6cmx3.5cm). You can change the sizes if you want. 
  7. Place the shapes on a parchment-lined baking tray and bake for 12-15 minutes. Check the colour after 10 minutes.
  8. When golden brown, remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
  9. When cooled, decorate with colour icing pens or hand-made icing sugar to make them look like cute koi fish.

Tips and Information

-    A traditional koinobori banner has koi fish representing each member of the family. Larger ones represent the mother and father, while the smaller ones represent the children in your family.