Twisted doughnuts

Kkwabaegi 꽈배기

Hello everybody, let’s twist with kkwabaegi! Cooking is fun fun fun!

Today I’m going to introduce you to one of my favorite after-school treats when I was a kid, something you can still find in many Korean bakeries and being sold on Korean streets today. It’s called kkwabaegi (꽈배기), or twisted dougnuts.


I’m very happy to see that the bread rolls (roll-ppang 롤빵) on my website were such a big hit for many of you. I learned this kkwabaegi recipe from the same friend who taught me roll-ppang! The dough is similar, but kkwabaegi are firmer.

You can buy kkwabaegi, but when you make them at home you can make sure the oil is fresh, and make them with care so they taste better and are cleaner and cheaper than what you can get on the street or a bakery. They are a nice treat once in a while when you or your children want some sweet stuff.

They are best right after making them, spongy on the inside when you tear them open with the steam pouring out. Tasty and fluffy!

The key to making beautiful kkwabaegi is to make sure that when you roll them, the center is just a bit thinner than the edges. That way, when you twist them, the end is nice and tight and not lumpy.

When I make these, I make a lot at once. That way I have hot fresh kkwabaegi to share right away, and then I keep the rest in the freezer to eat later. If I want one as a snack or dessert later, I take it out and let it thaw out at room temperature for a bit before eating it.

They go great with milk, and if you want to make yours sweeter than I make mine, add a little more sugar in the dough.

Try these out, and let me know how it goes!


  • 3 cups all purpose flour for doughnuts, plus 2 tablespoons for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 packet of dry yeast (about 2¼ teaspoons: 7 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons plus 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • corn oil for frying
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder



Make the coating

  1. Add 2-3 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon powder to a brown paper bag. Shake to mix well. Set aside.

Make the dough

  1. Fully melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from the heat and add milk, sugar, and salt. Mix well until everything is well dissolved. Crack an egg into the saucepan and mix well. Add the yeast and stir. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer to a large bowl. Add 3 cups flour and mix well with a wooden spoon. When everything is well mixed, use your hand to knead the dough for a few minutes, and shape it into a big lump. Cover with plastic wrap.
  3. Let the dough rise until it doubles in size, usually about 1 hour to 1½ hours.kkwabaegi dough
  4. Deflate the gas with your hand and knead the dough for a few minutes until it’s soft and smooth. Cover with plastic wrap again and let it sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour until it doubles in size again.

Roll out the doughnuts

  1. Uncover the dough and knead it for a few minutes. Put 2 tablespoons of flour on the corner of your cutting board to use for dusting. Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces.divided
  2. Take a piece of dough and roll it out on your cutting board so it forms a rope 10 inches long and ½ inch in diameter. If it’s sticky, sprinkle some flour on the area you’re working in. When you roll out the dough, move one hand upward and the other downward so that the rope is twisted in between your hands as you roll it.making twisted donuts
  3. Take the dough off the board, hold it aloft, and bring the ends together. The tension in the dough will twist it as it hangs. You can add as much tension as you like, but I think the best looking kkwabaegi has 3- 4 twists in it.
  4. Place the twisted dough on a floured cutting board or tray. Repeat with the rest of the pieces of dough.
  5. Let the doughnuts expand for about 30 minutes. 15 minutes in, gently flip each doughnut over with your hands so the bottoms don’t get flat and all sides expand nice and round.

twisted donut dough rising

Fry the doughnuts

  1. Heat up 4 inches of oil in a deep skillet over medium high heat, until the temperature reaches 350° F. Lower the heat to medium heat, then gently set each doughnut into the hot oil by hand. Be careful not to get your hands too close to the oil. Add as many pieces to the oil as your skillet will allow, enough so the doughnuts can sit in the oil without pushing against each other.
  2. Cook for about 5 minutes, occasionally gently flipping them over with tongs, until they get crunchy outside and are evenly golden brown.
  3. Strain the cooked doughnuts. Put them in the brown paper bag with the sugar cinnamon mixture. Shake a few times until they are evenly coated. This is best done when the doughnuts are still warm. Repeat this with all the doughnuts until they are all cooked and coated.

kkwabaegi (twisted Korean dougnhuts: 꽈배기)


  1. Serve hot.
  2. You can freeze any leftovers for up to a month. To rejuvenate them, take them out of the freezer and thaw at room temperature for 5 or 10 minutes before serving.



  1. Sjmm21 Orange County NY joined 3/17
    Posted April 15th, 2017 at 7:41 pm | # |

    I saw with your hotteok video that you can make the dough ahead and keep it in the refrigerator. Can you do the same with this doughnut recipe?

  2. Veda1797 India joined 3/17
    Posted March 11th, 2017 at 9:08 am | # |

    Tried making these today and was very very satisfied with the result ^_^ I love that they aren’t very sweet and the smell of yeast dough, cinnamon and sugar wafting in the kitchen is heavenly :D

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  3. Melania Suryadinata Indonesia joined 2/17
    Posted February 26th, 2017 at 4:25 am | # |

    Hiiii Maangchi, thankyou for ur recipe. I just made Twisted Doughnuts. Here is that doughnuts…

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  4. Sio lover Ksa joined 12/16
    Posted January 19th, 2017 at 4:21 pm | # |

    Maangchi I did it its wooow my mum is surprised by it its so fluffy like a balloon thaaank you

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  5. Happy Bunny Tallahassee, Georgia joined 2/17
    Posted February 14th, 2017 at 8:12 am | # |

    안녕하세요, Maangchi! :)

    I have a question about the doughnuts. How do I double the amount? I want to make fifty in one batch, like you did. I make them every week, but they run out so quickly. How can I make a bigger batch?

    By the way, I love your hair. So cute. :)

    ~Happy Bunny

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 16th, 2017 at 11:13 am | # |

      I’m glad to hear that you have been making kkwabaegi very often. Yes, double or triple the recipe if you like make a bigger batch. I used to make about 50-60 kkwabaegi and kept them in the freezer. Happy cooking!

  6. LydiaLim Malaysia joined 12/16
    Posted December 30th, 2016 at 8:57 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi,
    Thanks for your recipe. I try to do Twisted doughnuts today, may I know why my doughnuts not as fluffy as yours? I’m using 1 pack of instant yeast 11g. But my 1st & 2nd round resting, not like yours have many bubbles, that’s because too many flour ?
    Please help me to find out the problems.


    • Sjmm21 Orange County NY joined 3/17
      Posted April 15th, 2017 at 4:59 pm | # |

      You have to use active dry yeast. It’s alive. It gives the best rise. The instant yeast isn’t best for doughs that have to rise over time or rise multiple times.

  7. Bingka Toronto, Ontario, Canada joined 7/17
    Posted July 4th, 2017 at 11:49 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi, I made this today and this is how it looked! this is soooooo yummmmy!!! and my husband enjoyed so much! he asked ” why did you not find this recipe yrs ago??!!!” we’ve been married 9yrs now. uh! the fluffiness! it’s like a pillow! You know I only made 8 out of 16 coz there are only 2 of us, so I made dinner rolls for the other 8 and they came out wonderful! That will be for my breakfast and lunch at work tomorrow. Thank you soooooo much!! next will be your Crispy Chicken Wings. Cant wait!

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  8. Sio lover Ksa joined 12/16
    Posted June 8th, 2017 at 1:15 pm | # |

    Omg I am in love with this recipe❤

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  9. Perle Adelaide, Australia joined 5/17
    Posted May 12th, 2017 at 7:34 am | # |

    Thank you for the recipe..I made them today for after school snack for my children. They were delicious. We couldn’t stop eating. Hahaha.

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted May 16th, 2017 at 1:02 pm | # |

      ow ow! They look fluffy, sweet, and gorgeous! You twisted them well. Congratulations!

  10. JMario Caribbean joined 4/17
    Posted April 29th, 2017 at 11:53 am | # |

    Here’s a pic of my try at kkwabaegi. Thanks, Maangchi!

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  11. Tyra B Boston, Massachusetts joined 7/17
    Posted July 12th, 2017 at 8:49 am | # |

    I’m making them now for a snack before I take the children out to play. They are so excited me & my daughter watch your channel all the time. I’m making some of your recipes for dinner tonight as well. I Lover trying new dishes for my family & I’m great at substituting ingredients. I’m making your noodle dish but using upon noodles instead of the clear sweet potato starch noodles. The child love thicker noodles. But, Thanks for sharing your culture & food with the world!!!
    Please do more noodle recipes!!!

  12. Vey Indonesia joined 6/17
    Posted July 2nd, 2017 at 9:37 am | # |

    i made it, thank for recipe you from Indonesia

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  13. Ceceamaya Glendale, Arizona joined 6/17
    Posted June 18th, 2017 at 10:11 pm | # |

    Thank you soo much Maangchi! I just made some Kkwabaegi and they were delicious i used instant rise yeast instead of active dry because that was the one they had in my local grocery store. My husband thought it was going to end up like an I love Lucy episode : )
    Everyone in my home loved them and i cant wait to keep making them as my kids grow.
    Thank you so much for your beautiful recipes and your lovely stories. You are an amazing woman and i am sure glad i found your channel on YouTube!

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  14. JMario Caribbean joined 4/17
    Posted April 29th, 2017 at 11:46 am | # |

    Thank you much Maangchi! I had so much fun making kkwabaegi and decorating them. They came out tasting great. My family, friends, and co-workers couldn’t get enough. You’re a great inspiration.

  15. venee345 Canada joined 2/17
    Posted February 25th, 2017 at 3:52 pm | # |

    do u use instant dry yeast or just normal dry yeast? does it even matter? if u can use both which one would be better?

  16. Leiz Australia joined 2/17
    Posted February 17th, 2017 at 11:48 pm | # |

    Finally made some donuts today must say never buying them from the shops anymoreHad to take photos before kids ate it allThanks for the recipe. Love it.

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  17. elenaet. vietnam joined 10/16
    Posted October 30th, 2016 at 11:09 am | # |

    maangchi, why i can’t twist my doughnut, it seem like can’t stick together like u when i try to twist it

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