We Were Inspired by “Tutong” to Make These Toasted Rice Cookies

Talia Cortez (@taliacor)

Meya Cortez (@meyarrr),
Jerome Jocson (@emowredge)

Jica Simpas (@jicasimpas)

The tutong is probably the best part of rice. It’s smoky and crunchy; and mixed with fluffy white rice, it provides a great contrast. So we thought, is there another way to enjoy tutong—perhaps in a sweet way? (After all, we’ve seen it in Crash Landing on You eaten with sugar.)

So we don’t really use real tutong here, but toasting the raw sticky rice sort of mimics the idea. These toasted rice cookies are sugary like your typical cookie. But they have a deep, toasty flavor that balances out the sweetness. These are not chewy cookies, though. They’re more like the thin, crisp cookies you’d eat with tea (which you should totally do).

Toasted Rice Cookies Recipe



Serving Size

6-10 people

Active Time

1 hr

Total Time

1 hr


  • 1/2 cup raw sticky rice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg

Instructions for Toasted Rice Cookies

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, add the raw rice.
  2. Toast until golden brown, stirring continuously to avoid burning.
  3. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely.
  4. Once cooled, use a food processor or mortar and pestle to ground the rice until sandy.
  5. While rice is cooling, preheat oven to 350F and line 3 sheet pans with parchment paper.
  6. In a large bowl, whisk together ground toasted rice, flour, baking powder, and salt.
  7. Set aside.
  8. In a separate bowl, whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, white sugar, and egg until well combined.
  9. Fold the dry mixture into the wet ingredients until just combined, caring to not overmix.
  10. Spoon the batter by the tablespoon onto the prepared sheet pans and press to flatten.
  11. Bake cookies in preheated oven until well browned and crispy, about 10-12 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and let cool completely before serving.

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