Mika's Korean Sesame Seed Cookies (Ggae Gwa Ja)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 12 mins

I got this recipe on an adoption site after I adopted my daughter from S. Korea. They are so yummy and addictive!


  1. Cream butter with brown and white sugars. Add eggs and beat well. Add baking soda, hot water and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  2. Stir in flour and sesame seeds to make a stiff dough. Cover and chill until dough is firm.
  3. Roll heaping teaspoonfuls into balls; place on greased baking sheet, about 2" apart. Flatten slightly. Bake at 325 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Most Helpful

Super easy and addictively delicious. I served them as dessert for our family "Asian Menu Night" as we eat our way through the cuisines of all seven continents.

raising3saints May 10, 2008

These are really good! They were disappearing off the cooling rack before I could get the next batch out.

Diana A. January 26, 2010

These are delicious. I made these for my son (who is adopted from Korea) for a school project, and they were a big hit. Will make again and again.

suzannegraf January 19, 2009