Holiday Fried Honey Cookies with Cinnamon Ginger Syrup

Fried Cookies with Ginger, Honey, Pine Nuts (Korean Yakgwa)

Holiday Fried Honey Cookies with Cinnamon Ginger Syrup
Garnished with Pine Nuts, 
Red & Green Sparkling Sugars
Korean Yakgwa 약과

Looking for a different type of sweet treat to add to your holiday cookie repertoire this year? Try Korean yakgwa. These fried cookies soaked in a cinnamon ginger syrup have a unique biscuit-like texture and are bursting with an unexpected flavor combination of toasted sesame oil, cinnamon, and ginger. This time of year I sprinkle them with red and green sparkling sugars along with the traditional chopped pine nuts. They are petite, super-sticky, and honey-sweet with an interesting savory element – and make a delightful addition to the Christmas dessert buffet.

Fried Cookies with Ginger, Honey, Pine Nuts (Korean Yakgwa)

Holiday Yakgwa Recipe

Fried Cookies with Ginger, Honey, Pine Nuts (Korean Yakgwa)

 Cookie Recipe

  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 T. toasted sesame oil
  • 4 T. rice wine
  • 4 T. honey
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/8 t. white pepper

Aerate flour in the bowl of a food processor for 10 seconds. Add sesame oil and blend. Then add rice wine, honey, salt and pepper. Blend until well combined and the dough forms together into a ball, add ice water one tablespoon at a time if the dough is too dry to form a ball.

On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a half inch thick, then cut out the cookies with a cookie cutter.

Heat a generous amount of canola oil over medium heat. Fry the cookies until deep golden brown, turning occasionally. Transfer to paper towels.

Cinnamon Ginger Syrup Recipe

  • 1 c. water
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1 t. ground ginger
  • 1/8 t. ground cloves

Meanwhile, combine all syrup ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Cook until the mixture becomes syrupy. Let cool slightly then pour syrup into a shallow bowl. Add the cookies. Let the warm cookies soak up the syrup.

Fried Cookies with Ginger, Honey, Pine Nuts (Korean Yakgwa)


  • finely chopped toasted pine nuts
  • red and green sparkling sugars

Place cookies on a serving platter and sprinkle with pine nuts and red and green sugars.  Serve these sweet treats with tea or coffee.

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Fried Cookies with Ginger, Honey, Pine Nuts (Korean Yakgwa)
Happy Holidays!

6 thoughts on “Holiday Fried Honey Cookies with Cinnamon Ginger Syrup”

  1. What interesting cookies. I have never heard of them, but I will never cease being amazed at how many cultures have a fried cookie dipped in honey. Thanks for posting this one. I love learning about new things.

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