Originating in Shanghai, these mochi-stuffed jujubes are also called “soft hearts” in Mandarin, named after the soft mochi center at the heart of the jujube (also known as Chinese red dates). The stuffed jujubes are poached in a simple syrup infused with dried osmanthus flowers, which have a floral, honey-like aroma and are often used in teas and desserts. The resulting cute little treats have a subtle sweetness and a satisfyingly chewy texture. They’re a simple dessert to make for a festive occasion, and have only four ingredients. Jujubes and dried osmanthus flowers can be found at Asian grocery stores, in local Chinatowns, and online. —Jessie YuChen
See Jessie’s recipes for Mushroom YouFan and Jessie’s Special Steamed Whole Fish to complete your Lunar New Year feast, and read about their favorite Lunar New Year traditions here.