Korean Sesame Seed Cookies

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

I got several recipes from a Korean friend at the university. This is one of the few sweets recipes - a no bake gluten free candylike cookie which looks quite pretty. For the syrup I've so far used molasses, agave and rice syrup successfully. Cooking time doesn't include cooling time.


  1. Roast white and black sesame seeds seperately in dry pans until they start to pop.
  2. Remove from pan onto plates.
  3. Slowly heat sugar and syrup in a pan, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves.
  4. Divide the sugar and syrup mixture, mix one half with the white and the other with the black sesame seeds.
  5. Spread both mixes onto seperate parchment or non stick baking paper sheets, cover with another sheet and flatten, then remove top sheets and lay the black sesame layer on top of the white one and remove the sheet from the black layer.
  6. With the help of the underlying sheet roll the black and white layers tightly into a roll, so that the white layer encloses the black one.
  7. Let the roll cool, then slice into about 1/4 to 1/3 inch slices.
Most Helpful

I couldn’t stop eating these-love the taste and texture! More of a candy than a cookie--reminds me of rice krispie pinwheel slices. I used 1/3 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup of dark corn syrup. Sprayed a table knife with cookie spray to do the cutting as it is very gooey. Thanks Mia for sharing. Made for ZWT6.

WiGal May 28, 2010

This recipe is great, I like the idea of using pre-made syrup so you can streamline the process. However, I use 200g of sesame seeds for every 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) of syrup. I followed the recipe except for this. So I used 200g of white toasted sesame seeds, 1/2 cup of syrup, 65 grams of dark brown sugar. (Update: to make it even less gooey, reduce the amount of syrup down to 4 tablespoons and increase the dark brown sugar, doubled. You'll have to play with it. My friend's mom from Nepal had given me this tip so that it would not be gooey - so you can pack it in bags and give them away!)

Soo Bosal December 14, 2015

These tasted like sweet sesame candies and reminded me of one of my favorite dim sum treats. I used light corn syrup. The easiest way I found to flatten the sesame mixture was to roll it out using a rolling pin and the parchment paper. Once I laid the black on top of the white, I rolled them once again. Next time I will roll them up starting at the longest edge to make smaller candies. I plan on wrapping them up reusing the parchment paper so that I can share them with friends tomorrow. Edit: I ended up not wrapping them individually and decided to share them with my second grade students. They LOVED them! Thanks Mia! Made for ZWT 6 Asia by a fellow Unruly under the influence!

cookiedog June 05, 2010