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A recipe roundup for Korean desserts and sweets.

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

A roundup of recipes for Korean desserts and sweets.A roundup of recipes for Korean desserts and sweets.

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

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

Yet many Korean desserts are also perfect for everyday pleasure, such as Jolly Pong (cereal milkshake) or the tasty Kkwabaegi (doughnut).

Try our 18 best Korean dessert recipes. From warm, comforting foods to cool refreshments, these desserts cater to all tastes. For a warm and cozy experience, indulge in Hotteok, a pancake filled with cinnamon and brown sugar, or enjoy comforting Danpatjuk, a sweet red bean soup, perfect for cold days.

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

18 Popular Korean Desserts and Sweets

Watermelon balls float in a milk punch garnished with blueberries in a white bowl.Watermelon balls float in a milk punch garnished with blueberries in a white bowl.

1

Korean Watermelon Punch (Subak Hwachae)

Korean Watermelon Punch is a typical Korean fruit punch to enjoy in summer. You can use watermelon on its own or mix it with other summer fruits. It’s quick to prepare with just 4 ingredients.

Hotteok with sweet cinnamon sugar syrup inside.Hotteok with sweet cinnamon sugar syrup inside.

2

Easy Hotteok (Korean sweet pancake)

Hotteok is a stir-fried Korean sweet pancake filled with sticky cinnamon and brown sugar syrup. It is a dessert loved by Korean street food. This simple recipe using a few basic ingredients gives you the classic taste.

Homemade mango shaved ice (bingsu) is prepared in a blender and topped with fresh mangoHomemade mango shaved ice (bingsu) is prepared in a blender and topped with fresh mango

3

Homemade Mango Shaved Ice (Mango Bingsu)

Make Mango Shaved Ice (Mango Bingsu) with 4 ingredients and a blender. Enjoy authentic Korean frozen treat or add vanilla ice cream. Easy and tasty!

Red bean patbingsu is a fresh summer dessert in Korea.Red bean patbingsu is a fresh summer dessert in Korea.

4

Homemade Patbingsu (Korean Shaved Milk Ice)

You can easily make classic Korean shaved ice (patbingsu) 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 is needed; Step by step instructions included

Korean cold cinnamon punch (sujeonggwa) is served in a glass bowl with a spoon on the side.Korean cold cinnamon punch (sujeonggwa) is served in a glass bowl with a spoon on the side.

5

Sujeonggwa (Korean cinnamon drink)

Sujeonggwa is a Korean cinnamon drink made from cinnamon, ginger and brown sugar, known for its unique and delicious taste.

Yakshik is a traditional Korean dessert made from rice with jujubes, chestnuts and seeds.Yakshik is a traditional Korean dessert made from rice with jujubes, chestnuts and seeds.

6

Korean Sweet Rice with Dried Fruits and Nuts (Yakshik)

Korean sweet rice cake (yakshik) is made with glutinous rice, jujube, chestnuts and other dried fruits. An Instant Pot makes this authentic recipe extremely quick and easy to prepare. It also serves as a good breakfast or snack.

Bungeoppang, Korean taiyaki bread in the shape of a fish, in a basket.Bungeoppang, Korean taiyaki bread in the shape of a fish, in a basket.

7

Bungeoppang (Korean Fish-Shaped Taiyaki Bread)

Bungeoppang, the Korean fish-shaped bread, is a reinterpretation of the classic Japanese snack, Taiyaki. Crispy, soft dough filled with sweet red bean filling, enjoy this must-try Asian dessert all year round with this simple recipe.

Korean style twist donuts (kkwabaegi) in a bowl.Korean style twist donuts (kkwabaegi) in a bowl.

8

Twisted Donut (Kkwabaegi)

Korean twisted donut (kkwabaegi) is a traditional Korean fried dough. They are made by twisting the dough before frying it, resulting in a crispy exterior and a soft, fluffy, chewy interior. Top with cinnamon sugar.

3 varieties of injeomi arranged on 2 serving plates.3 varieties of injeomi arranged on 2 serving plates.

9

Injeolmi (Quick Korean Rice Cake Dessert)

Learn how to make Injeolmi, a chewy and nutty mochi-style Korean rice cake, in just 15 minutes. This quick microwave recipe makes it an easy dessert!

The colorful Songpyeon steamed on pine needles in a bamboo basket.The colorful Songpyeon steamed on pine needles in a bamboo basket.

10

Songpyeon (Korean Chuseok rice cake)

Learn how to make Songpyeon with this simple recipe! These crescent-shaped Korean rice cakes are essential for your Chuseok celebration. Elevate the festive spirit by incorporating natural food powders for colorful Songpyeon. Explore a range of delicious sweet fillings and learn traditional steaming techniques for perfect cooking! Makes 4 lots (32 pieces)

Korean rice drink served in glass bowls with jujube flower garnish.Korean rice drink served in glass bowls with jujube flower garnish.

11

Easy Sikhye (Korean sweet rice drink)

Sikhye is a sweet, non-alcoholic Korean rice drink made from malted barley and rice. With this simple recipe you can prepare it at home using an Instant Pot or rice cooker.

Dalgona Korean candies are pressed with cookie cuttersDalgona Korean candies are pressed with cookie cutters

12

Dalgona sweets in 5 minutes

Make Dalgona Korean Candy in just 5 minutes with this simple recipe using sugar and baking soda. Enjoy the fun and traditional method of preparing it with a ladle.

Korean strawberry milk has fresh strawberry syrup in a glass cup garnished with a piece of strawberry.Korean strawberry milk has fresh strawberry syrup in a glass cup garnished with a piece of strawberry.

13

Fresh Korean Strawberry Milk (No Cook Recipe)

Enjoy the fresh taste of strawberries with Korean Strawberry Milk, made with homemade syrup with just 4 ingredients. No cooking is necessary.

Jolly pong shake (cereal shake) prepared with Korean puffed wheat cereal.Jolly pong shake (cereal shake) prepared with Korean puffed wheat cereal.

14

Jolly Pong Shake (Korean cereal shake)

The Jolly Pong Shake is a delicious milkshake made from Korean puffed wheat cereal. This simple recipe lets you create a creamy, satisfying drink that will leave you wanting more.

Korean candied sweet potato with crispy shell on baking paper.Korean candied sweet potato with crispy shell on baking paper.

15

Crispy Korean Candied Sweet Potatoes (Goguma Mattang)

Goguma mattang is a Korean candied sweet potato coated in a hard caramelized candy sugar. It has a crunchy exterior and a soft, fluffy interior, making it an ideal sweet snack for fall and winter.

Danpatjuk garnished with injeolmi and nuts in a serving bowl.Danpatjuk garnished with injeolmi and nuts in a serving bowl.

16

Danpatjuk (Korean sweet red bean soup)

Danpatjuk is a hot and sweet Korean red bean soup, often enjoyed as a dessert. This slightly sweet dish, also known as red bean porridge due to its thick texture, is a winter favorite.

Sweet potato donuts are coated in cinnamon sugar and served with a tea.Sweet potato donuts are coated in cinnamon sugar and served with a tea.

17

Rice Donuts With Sweet Potatoes

Korean rice donuts made with sweet potatoes and rice flour! These sweet potato rice donuts are soft and chewy and coated in cinnamon sugar. Makes 3 dozen

Slices of LA-style rice cake are placed on a serving tray.Slices of LA-style rice cake are placed on a serving tray.

18

Korean Sweet Rice Cake Bars (LA Chapssalteok)

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

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Watermelon balls float in a milk punch garnished with blueberries in a white bowl.Watermelon balls float in a milk punch garnished with blueberries in a white bowl.

18 Korean Desserts and Sweets to Try: Korean Watermelon Punch

Korean watermelon punch (subak hwachae) is a typical Korean fruit punch to enjoy in summer. You can use watermelon on its own or mix it with other summer fruits. It’s quick to prepare with just 4 ingredients.

  • 1/4 seedless watermelon, balled up or diced
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cup lemon-lime flavored soda, refrigerated
  • 2-4 table spoon sweet condensed milk, honey or sugar
  • blueberries for garnish, optional
  • Place the watermelon pieces (and its juice) in a large serving bowl.

  • Mix milk and condensed milk in another bowl and add soda; mixed. Pour the punch mixture over the watermelon. Garnish with blueberries if using.

  • To serve, pour watermelon punch into a small individual bowl. Serve immediately or chill up to 2 hours.

  • Leftover punch can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

You can add other fruits like cantaloupe or cantaloupe, pineapple, and watermelon into the punch.

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