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!



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  1. Mauiomi Maui, Hi joined 4/21 & has 3 comments

    This is simply easy, quick and delicious and enjoyed by three generations! Replaced the filling with Nutella, since kids don’t care for nuts. The dough was amazingly fun to work with and so tender when cooked.

  2. Julienne Sacramento CA joined 11/20 & has 5 comments

    We make these every weekend now. So easy and such a family favorite!

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  3. Nutellaluv joined 7/15 & has 2 comments

    So yummy! Second recipe i’ve used by you today, it’s been a great day!
    Thanks again Maangchi!

  4. icook4mywife Woodstock, Ontario joined 9/20 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi, I made hotteok inspired by you and it was delicious, I attached a picture of my 10 month old who is slowly getting rich off it haha just kidding of course. :P Thank you for teaching me how to cook.


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  5. Abigailll New jersey joined 9/17 & has 3 comments

    I love watching korean dramas and korean variety shows, i always see them eating this one so i decided to make it too. Tried it for the first time and it was sooooo good

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  6. WishfulsoUl Oslo joined 3/20 & has 17 comments

    Made a batch of these actually they were my first try of korean pancakes filled with sweet filling and I can say I loved these. And then I came across with your pancakes filled with vegetables and noodles in which up to date I’ve made four times already ^^_^^

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  7. Krn827 Idaho joined 4/20 & has 2 comments

    Just introduced my family to hotteok. It tasted just as good as eating it on those cold days in Korea. Thanks for helping me remember this delicious treat and having the recipe to it. Success in introducing another yummy Korean food to my family.

  8. aliceLockedIn UK joined 4/20 & has 1 comment

    First of all – these are so fun and easy to make! I did two variations which I have tosay, are delicious. First I made a savoury one with smoked cheddar and kimchi (YUM). Then I made a sweet one, I wanted to follow the recipe as closely as possible for the sweet one However we are getting close to Easter now and my palate desires nothing but spices and dried fruit. SO I used a dark muscovado with a little bit of nutmeg, ground cloves and dried sour cherries (as well as the cinnamon) oh and almonds instead of walnuts – because that’s what I had in the cupboard. I got to say, they’re like little gooey hot cross buns and I will be making them again and again and again and…

  9. luvmyfendikicks Los Angeles, Ca joined 3/20 & has 1 comment

    Using yeast will still make this chewy like dduk not bready like a grilled pita right? I really want to have a chewy and slightly crunchy result like a rice cake.

  10. dough5b6 Michigan joined 1/19 & has 9 comments

    Made some korean pancakes in the Air Fryer. Kids loved them. Baby approved. Did my own spin on the filling. Instead of just brown sugar, I put dates, raisins, ground flax, water, cinnamon, unrefined coconut sugar, and walnuts. Its pretty much a Omega 3/potassium bomb. Lol

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  11. steveo nova scotia joined 4/19 & has 1 comment

    Can you make the pancake ahead of time and reheat them before serving?

  12. XXanimeseekerXX North Carolina joined 6/18 & has 5 comments

    Quickly became a family favorite! It’s so easy to make and so yummy to eat :D

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  13. Dash Philippines joined 1/19 & has 1 comment

    I want to made that sweet pancakes but im afraid because im still allergic in yeast wat shold be the subtitute or can i just not add that??

  14. xxbangtaneryne Philippines joined 3/18 & has 1 comment

    Maangchi~ I always love your recipes and I’m very shocked that my parents appreciate all the Korean foods I cook! Sometimes they aren’t expressing it but their faces says it all. They love it!! I am currently interested about 찹쌀 꿀호떡 chapssal ggeul hotteok it looks really good but I have not learn it yet.

  15. Mehli007 Baku, Azerbaijan joined 1/18 & has 3 comments

    I made your Hotteok tonight and they turned out perfect! Excited to make them for a group of people I’m having over tomorrow night for some Korean food.
    Thanks for the great recipe!

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