Thursday, May 8, 2014

Korean Ginger Cookies - 매작과 – Maejakgwa - Fried Ribbon cookies

    Here , I am posting a recipe from a country which was in the same continent as mine. This was the first recipe I tried from Korean cuisine . Koreans eat rice in most of their meals similar as south Indians.


    Well , I became a die hard fan for the Korean dramas these days. My desire to cook recipes from this cuisine was in my mind for a long time. I came through many of the recipes , though I find this cookie is easy to make .  Will try to post many recipes from this cuisine in future. I say this cookie was shown in the drama Sunkywanan scandal , where the heroine goes to market to buy snacks for her family , they showed this cookies.

  Maejakgwa is a Korean treaditional cookie. It is a variety of hahngwa or Korean traditional confection , consisting of wheat flour , vegetable oil , ginger juice and pine nuts. It is sliced thinly and slit , then flipped over after squeezing one end into the slit . the cookies are then fried in oil , coated with sugar syrup and sprinkled with pine nuts and cinnamon powder.

  Maejakgwa gets its name from its shape , which is similar to a sparrow ( Jak ) in an apricot ( Maehwa) tree .
  The ingredients are simple yet the flavor and taste are superub. This cookie is very crunchy.
Requirements :
For Cookie :
All purpose flour – 2 cup
Salt – ½ tsp
Sugar – 1 Tbs
Ginger grated / juice – 1 Tbs
Water – ½ cup
Oil for frying
For sugar syrup :
Sugar – ½ cup
Water – ½ cup
For topping :
Crushed pinenuts
Cinnamon powder
Method :
 In a large bowl , add the flour , ginger grated , salt , sugar and mix well.
 Add in half cup of water and knead well for about 20 minutes.
 If using food processor , 2 minutes is enough.

Place this cookie dough in a plastic bag and let it rest for 30 minutes.
Take the dough and roll it out with the rolling pin into a rectangular shape ( about 50 cm x 40 cm and 2 mm or 1/16 inch thick ).
Cut the sheet of cookie dough into little 2 cm x 6 cm rectangles.
Make three slits in each rectangle.

Push one end of dough through the center slit to make a ribbon shape.

Make all the dough into ribbon shape.

Heat oil in a wok or frying pan , fry the cookies till golden brown.
Place all  fried cookies on absorbent paper to absorb excess oil.
Making of sugar syrup :
In a pan , add the sugar and water together and bring to boil in low heat for 20 minutes.
The syrup must reduced to half or till one string consistency.
Now , place the cookies in a large bowl , add this sugar syrup and toss gently , so the syrup coats on each cookies.

Sprinkle cinnamon powder and chopped pinenuts on top.

Flavorful  ginger cookies is ready to serve.


  1. Totally diff shaped cookies ..they Looks awesome too.

  2. Perfect cookies..I never knew it is deep fried.