Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling

Hotteok 호떡

Hotteok is a flour dough pancake filled with sugar syrup inside. It’s one of the most popular street snacks in Korea.

Ok, now it’s time for me to release my hotteok recipe!


I used to make hotteok for my children. How often? So many times! When they came home from school, I would surprise them with my hotteok. I never made it before they came. I prepared some well-fermented dough and the brown sugar mixture. That’s all! Once they entered the home, I said, “Wash your hands and come back to the kitchen! Hotteok will be ready~” with big smile.  My children were so happy and excited!

A glass of milk and hot hot hotteok with sizzling golden syrup! Wouldn’t you like it? Yes, children love it! If you want to entertain your children, wait for them with the preparation just as I did.

I make hotteok for myself and my friends these days. Where are my little children!!

I sometimes miss the old times. They are already grownups and live far away from me.

Serve or eat hotteok right after you make it. If someone gives me cold hotteok, I will feel insulted. : )  I will refuse to eat it and save my empty stomach for kimchi and rice! lol


Flour, water, dry yeast, kosher salt, vegetable oil, turbinado sugar (or brown sugar), sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon powder.


Make hotteok dough:

  1. Place 1 cup of lukewarm water into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add 2 tbs white sugar, 2 ts yeast, ½ ts kosher salt, 1 tbs vegetable oil, and stir it well.
  3. Add 2 cups of all purpose flour and mix it with a rice scoop, or by hand.
  4. Let the dough rise. It should sit with the lid closed at room temperature for 1 hour.
  5. After an hour the dough will rise to double its size. Knead it to remove the gas bubbles in the dough.
  6. Let it rise for another 10-20 minutes.

Make filling (for 8 hotteok):

  1. Mix ½ cup turbinado sugar, 1 ts cinnamon powder, and 2 tbs chopped walnuts in a bowl.
    *tip: you could use mozzarella cheese for stuffing. Invent your own fillings with your favorite ingredients!

Let’s make hotteok!

  1. Knead the dough again to remove the gas bubbles.
  2. Place and spread about ½ cup flour on your cutting board.
  3. Put the dough on your cutting board and knead it. Make it into a lump, and cut it into 8 equal-sized balls.

  4. Take 1 dough ball, flatten it, put some filling in the center of the dough, and then seal it to make a ball.
  5. Repeat this 8 times to make 8 stuffed balls.
    *tip: Use some flour from the cutting board to prevent your fingers from sticking to the dough
  6. Heat up your non-stick pan over medium heat and add some vegetable oil.
  7. Place 1 ball on the pan and let it cook for 30 seconds.
  8. When the bottom of the dough ball is light golden brown, turn it over and press the dough with a spatula to make a thin and wide circle (about the size of a CD).
  9. Let it cook about 1 minute until the bottom is golden brown.
  10. Turn it over again and turn down the heat very low.
  11. Place the lid on the pan and cook 1 more minute. The brown sugar filling mixture will be melted to syrup!hotteok (호떡)


Serve hot!




  1. jungkookie joined 12/15 & has 1 comment

    Can you pre-make hotteok dough? Or save it for a day, or freeze it.
    It’s a long process for making the dough, so I want to make some advanced.

  2. joycieb joined 11/15 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi,
    My daughter has requested that I make these for her as a Christmas treat, but she’s at college. Am I able to make these to step 5 and then wrap them for transport and then finish them at her house? Have you ever tried this? Thanks, Joyce

  3. Brook joined 6/15 & has 1 comment

    Maangchi, thank you for your amazing recipe! My mom tried this and said she could eat it every day!

  4. chewyjel joined 5/15 & has 1 comment

    Hi, maangchi! I made this today and they turned out awesome! I have to say I agree with you that it’s supposed to be sticky for it to be softer so I really tried hard not to put on too much flour and handle it as it is and I was well rewarded! My Mom loved it so much and once again, expressed her curiosity of my fascination with the Korean culture. It started with K-Pop and since I love to cook, the cuisine followed through! :) thank you so much for this recipe and I look forward in trying the others too! 감사합니다. ㅋㅋ

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  5. chunhyangxiang joined 4/15 & has 1 comment

    Hello maangchi. I tried making hotteok and followed every step and measurements but my dough was too sticky I couldn’t handle it. It sticks to everything so I added a little flour and it turned out fine I guess. Haha.

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  6. ipontchi indonesia joined 5/14 & has 4 comments

    Last Friday, me and my friend went to the amost completed Kirean supermarket in our city – Jakarta. They have one stall sell Korean street food like fish cake, tteokpoki, gimbap and sometimes red bean porridge. All the way there, I already planned how many hoddeok I wanna buy. I can imagine the melted brown sugar in my mouth. But when we reach supermarket, they don’t sell it on Friday…. :”( then my friend show me your video making hoddeok. I made it, and the taste….OMG!! Ssoooo delicious!! Will make it again for sure. And I will make sure my hoddeok will not burst out again next time I made it. Wkwkwkwkwk. Thank you sooo much Maangchi. Love you :*)

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  7. S.Blacksmith Beirut, Lebanon joined 3/15 & has 3 comments

    I haven’t been to Korea yet, so I never tried korean food before. I made this today for my family and it was great, we all loved it. The dough was perfect, i made it with 2 fillings, mozzarella cheese and brown sugar syrup. Thank you so much for this great recipe :)

  8. indelibledotink Honolulu joined 5/11 & has 19 comments

    I used wheat flour, and the recipe came out ok, but would be better with all purpose flour.

    TY for sharing this recipe!

  9. Donnarz Iloilo,Philippines joined 12/14 & has 8 comments

    hi maangchi can i use these as pizza dough? heheh… i;ve tried these recipe last night.it was so delicious. It’s just like a pizza dough

  10. nuryana Malaysia joined 9/14 & has 1 comment

    Im gonna try this recipe…. i know it must be delicious. Thanks maangchi 4 the sharing…💓💖

  11. LauraBarth Netherlands joined 8/14 & has 1 comment

    Thank you so much for all your wonderfull recipes! :)

    This monday I’ll throw a big feast for my family with a lot of side dishes and stews but tonight I’ll try the hoddeok’s for just me and my parents.

  12. msPin Bangkok joined 7/14 & has 2 comments

    Hi Maangchi,

    I made half recipe of this today. I find the dough is super sticky so I used the flour quite generously. But the end result is very satisfying!! They are chewy, gooey and not overly sweet. Will definitely make them again and again.

    Thank you so much Maangchi for all the recipes you’ve shared, keep them coming. Cheers!

  13. fa600m United Arab Emirates joined 7/14 & has 1 comment

    Made it for suhoor (it’s ramadan) me and my sisters loved it!!
    Thank you for this wonderful recipe <3

  14. gte687i Atlanta, GA joined 6/14 & has 1 comment

    Hey, Maangchi. Love your videos and recipes!

    Question for you. My dough was sooo sticky, I couldn’t handle it. Do I add more flour? It was like super glue sticky but I followed everything. It stuck to everything including my hands. Can you help?

  15. OliviaB512 Madison, Wisconsin joined 6/14 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi!

    I love watching your videos, they show me a lot about Korean food which I recently found an interest in. I was wondering if instead of using the ingredients you used as filling in this video can you make the filling out of anything you like? Thanks for teaching me about Korean food, I hope to start cooking it on my own soon

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