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!

Ingredients Nutrition


  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 out of this world, they are so good! It's the perfect mixture of the rich flavors of toasted sesame seeds and the sweetness of the cookie. I baked them a little longer than the recipe calls for, checking on them every minute, and pulled them when they were just a little bit golden around the edges. I let them cool and they came out perfect. I toasted the sesame seeds myself by putting a cup at a time into a pan on the stove-top over medium-high heat. Mixing continuously, I put them in a separate pan to cool when they started to turn golden brown and the smell turns full and nutty. I found that this recipe made more than 24 cookies for me with heaping spoonfuls - but this was a delightful bonus! Thank you for sharing!

Soo Bosal December 05, 2015

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

Diana A. January 25, 2010

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