Explore easy and delicious Korean desserts and sweets! From classic to modern, these recipes are perfect for sweetening up your meal. Enjoy warm and cold treats that are just right for any occasion.

A recipe roundup for Korean desserts and sweets.

Korean desserts are increasingly popular worldwide for their unique flavors and easy recipes. From traditional to modern, they showcase Korea’s culinary heritage and are simple to make with common ingredients. This simplicity, paired with great taste, is why they’re loved worldwide.

Making Korean desserts can be both fun and creative. Popular treats like Bungeoppang (fish-shaped bread with red bean paste) are enjoyable to make, while traditional Korean desserts like Yaksik (sweet rice with nuts and fruits) and Injeolmi (sticky sweet rice cake) mark special occasions like Lunar New Year.

Yet, many Korean sweets are also great for everyday enjoyment, such as Jolly Pong (cereal milk shake) or the tasty Kkwabaegi (twist donut).

Try our top 18 Korean dessert recipes. From warm comfort foods to cool refreshments, these sweets cater to every taste. For a warm and cozy experience, indulge in Hotteok, a cinnamon and brown sugar-stuffed pancake, or enjoy the comforting Danpatjuk, a sweet red bean soup, perfect for chilly days.

As the weather gets warmer, cool down with Korea’s most popular dessert, Bingsu. This delightful shaved ice treat, topped with sweet red beans and a drizzle of sweetened condensed milk, is perfect for refreshing yourself. Or, enjoy Subak hwachae, a revitalizing Korean watermelon punch. It’s the ideal choice for sipping on hot summer days.

18 Popular Korean Desserts and Sweets

Watermelon balls are floating in a milky punch garnished with blueberries in a white bowl.
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Korean Watermelon Punch (Subak Hwachae)

Korean watermelon punch is a typical Korean fruit punch to enjoy in the summer. You can use watermelon alone or mix with other summer fruits. It is quick to make with just 4 ingredients.
Hotteok with sweet cinnamon sugar syrup inside.
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Easy Hotteok (Korean Sweet Pancake)

Hotteok is a pan-fried Korean sweet pancake filled with gooey cinnamon and brown sugar syrup. It's a beloved Korean street food sweet. This easy recipe using a few basic ingredients brings you the classic taste.
Homemade mango shaved ice (bingsu) is made in a blender and topped with fresh mango
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Homemade Mango Shaved Ice (Mango Bingsu)

Create Mango Shaved Ice (Mango Bingsu) with 4 ingredients & a blender. Enjoy Korea's authentic icy treat or add vanilla ice cream. Easy and tasty!
Red bean patbingsu is a cool summer dessert in Korea.
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Homemade Patbingsu (Korean Shaved Milky Ice)

You can make classic Korean shaved ice (patbingsu) easily at home. My recipe combines milky shaved ice with red beans, rice cakes and a drizzle of sweet condensed milk for an authentic and delicious Korean dessert. No shaving machine required; step by step instructions included
Cold Korean cinnamon punch (sujeonggwa) is served in a glass bowl with a spoon on the side.
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Sujeonggwa (Korean Cinnamon Drink)

Sujeonggwa is a Korean cinnamon drink made with cinnamon, ginger, and brown sugar, known for its unique and delicious taste.
Yakshik is traditional Korean sweet rice dessert with jujube, chestnut, and seeds.
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Korean Sweet Rice with Dried Fruit and Nuts (Yakshik)

Korean sweet rice cake (yakshik) is made with sweet rice, jujube, chestnut, and other nuts. An instant pot makes this authentic recipe extremely easy and quick to prepare. It also serves as a good breakfast or snack.
Bungeoppang, Korean fish shaped taiyaki bread, in a basket.
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Bungeoppang (Korean Fish-Shaped Taiyaki Bread)

Bungeoppang, Korean fish-shaped bread, is a twist on the classic Japanese snack, Taiyaki. Crispy and soft pastry filled with sweet red bean filling, enjoy this must-try Asian dessert all year with this easy recipe.
Korean style twisted donuts (kkwabaegi) in a bowl.
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Twisted Donut (Kkwabaegi)

Korean twisted donut (kkwabaegi) is a traditional Korean fried dough pastry. They are made by twisting the dough before deep-frying, resulting in a crispy exterior and a soft, fluffy, and chewy interior. Coat with cinnamon sugar.
3 varieties of injeomi placed on 2 serving platters.
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Injeolmi (Quick Korean Rice Cake Dessert)

Learn how to make Injeolmi a chewy and nutty mochi-style Korean rice cake dessert, in just 15 minutes. This quick microwave recipe makes it an easy dessert!
Colorful Songpyeon steamed over pine needles in a bamboo basket.
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Songpyeon (Korean Chuseok Rice Cake)

Learn how to make Songpyeon with this easy recipe! These Korean half-moon-shaped rice cakes are essential for your Chuseok celebration. Elevate the festive spirit by incorporating natural food powders for colorful Songpyeon. Explore a range of delightful sweet fillings and learn traditional steaming techniques for a perfect batch! Makes 4 batches (32 pieces)
Korean rice drink served in glass bowls with jujube flower garnish.
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Easy Sikhye (Sweet Korean Rice Drink)

Sikhye is a sweet, non-alcoholic Korean rice drink made with malted barley and rice. With this simple recipe, you can make it at home using an Instant Pot or rice cooker.
Korean Dalgona candies are pressed with cookie cutters
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5-Minute Dalgona Candy

Make Korean Dalgona candy in just 5 minutes with this easy recipe using sugar and baking soda. Enjoy the fun and traditional method of making it in a soup ladle.
Korean strawberry milk has fresh strawberry syrup is in a glass cup garnished with a piece of strawberry.
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Fresh Korean Strawberry Milk (No-Cook Recipe)

Savor the fresh taste of strawberries with Korean strawberry milk, made with homemade syrup from just 4 ingredients. No cooking needed.
Jolly pong shake (cereal milkshake) made with Korean puffed wheat cereal.
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Jolly Pong Shake (Korean Cereal Milkshake)

Jolly Pong shake is a delightful milkshake made with Korean puffed wheat cereal. This easy recipe allows you to create a creamy and satisfying beverage that will leave you craving more.
Candied Korean sweet potato with crunchy shell on parchment paper.
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Crunchy Korean Candied Sweet Potato (Goguma Mattang)

Goguma mattang is Korean candied sweet potato covered in a hard caramelized sugar candy. It has a crunchy outside and a soft, fluffy inside, making it an ideal sweet snack for fall and winter.
Danpatjuk garnished with injeolmi and nuts in a serving bowl.
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Danpatjuk (Korean Sweet Red Bean Soup)

Danpatjuk is a warm, Korean sweet red bean soup, often enjoyed as a dessert. This mildly sweet dish, also known as red bean porridge for its thick texture, is a favorite in winter.
Sweet potato donuts are coated with cinnamon sugar and served with a tea.
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Sweet Potato Rice Donuts

Korean rice donuts made with sweet potato and rice flour! These sweet potato rice donuts are soft and chewy, and coated with cinnamon sugar. Makes 3 dozens
LA style rice cake bar slices are placed on a serving tray.
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Korean Sweet Rice Cake Bars (LA Chapssalteok)

These crispy chewy Korean style sweet rice cake bars are made without butter or oil. Loaded with nuts and seeds, these bars make perfect gluten-free snack!

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Watermelon balls are floating in a milky punch garnished with blueberries in a white bowl.

18 Must-Try Korean Desserts and Sweets: Korean Watermelon Punch

Korean watermelon punch (subak hwachae) is a typical Korean fruit punch to enjoy in the summer. You can use watermelon alone or mix with other summer fruits. It is quick to make with just 4 ingredients.
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Ingredients

  • 1/4 seedless watermelon, balled or cubed
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cup lemon-lime flavored soda, chilled
  • 2-4 tbsp sweet condensed milk, honey or sugar
  • blueberries to garnish, optional

Equipment

Instructions 

  • Place watermelon pieces (and its juice) in a large serving bowl.
  • Mix milk and condensed milk in another bowl and add soda; stir. Pour the punch mixture over watermelon. Garnish with blueberries if using.
  • To serve, ladle watermelon punch into a small individual serving bowl. Serve immediately or chill up to 2 hours.
  • Leftover punch can be stored in the refrigerator up to 24 hours.

Notes

You can add other fruits like honeydew melon or cantaloupe, pineapple along with watermelon in the punch.
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