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.
Holiday Yakgwa 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.
- 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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