Giant Bolo Bao In Less Than An Hour

Here’s how to make my favorite cookie-topped bao in less than an our.

Almost INSTANT Bolo Bao

Here's how you can have a taste of a Chinese bakery in less than an hour.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Course Baking, Bread, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 5
Calories 477 kcal


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  • 1/2 C. salted butter softened
  • 1/2 C. sugar
  • 1 C. all-purpose flour
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. vanilla paste or vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder


  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. heavy cream


  • 1 large Portuguese sweet bread or 8 small sweet rolls


  • In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar until well combined.
  • Add egg yolks and vanilla paste.
  • Sift in the flour, baking soda, and baking powder until it forms a soft dough.
  • Press the dough out into a disc and wrap plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350ĖšF/176ĖšC.
  • Unwrapped the chilled dough. If making small buns, divided the dough into 8 equal pieces.
  • Between 2 pieces of plastic wrap, roll each piece to ~1/4" in thickness or large enough that it covers the top of the bun. If making a large bao, skip dividing the dough and roll out large enough to cover.
  • Using a sharp knife score a crosshatch pattern into the dough, being careful not to go all the way through.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and cream.
  • Use a pastry brush to apply the egg wash to the dough.
  • Bake at 350ĖšF/176ĖšC for 13-15 minutes or until the topping is golden and the bread is heated through.
  • Server warm or at room temperature.


My recipes was adapted from smelly.lunchbox:


Calories: 477kcalCarbohydrates: 61gProtein: 7gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 163mgSodium: 264mgPotassium: 78mgFiber: 1gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 757IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 3mg
Keyword bao, bolo bao, bread, buns, pineapple bao
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