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.
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).
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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
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 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.
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
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 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 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.
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)
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18 Must-Try Korean Desserts and Sweets: Korean Watermelon Punch
Prep Time: 15 minutesmins
Total Time: 15 minutesmins
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.