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)
  • 5 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • corn oil for frying
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder


Make the coating

  1. Add 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, the rest of 2 tablespoons 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.

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  1. Sammer ON Canada joined 3/18 & has 2 comments

    Hi Maangchi!
    I am making Kkwabaegi right now but my dough doesn’t look moist & sticky like yours in the video.
    My dough is more like dry and dense and it’s taking long time to rise. I followed your ingredients and recipe exactly but don’t know why the dough looks so different.
    Am I missing something?

  2. Kat_cr31 Honduras joined 3/18 & has 1 comment

    They turned out very fluffy, a little chewy and delicious.

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  3. Laila04 fishers, indiana joined 2/18 & has 2 comments

    Maagni, I am a big fan of yours!! I have a question. I want to make this for a party, so i have to make at least 60. So do I quadruple the recipe or make the recipe four times ? Love your recipes!!!

  4. debora_risa Indonesia joined 10/17 & has 4 comments

    Hai maangchi… i recook another one of your recipes again… and all of my friend love it..

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  5. Wendy K UK joined 1/18 & has 3 comments

    This is one of my favorite snacks when I was a teenager, I am so happy that I can make it at home now! :) Thank you Maangchi, you are a star!!

  6. curlygurlh California joined 12/17 & has 1 comment

    Thank you for posting such an amazing recipe! It turned out so good even though I’ve never deep fried anything before and only had 3/4 an inch of oil in the pan! I wasn’t very good at shaping them so they don’t look as pretty as yours, but still delicious and fluffy. :)

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  7. Lapressle New York, NY joined 12/17 & has 1 comment

    I made the kkwabaegi and my family finished them in half an hour. I got only 1. I sent you a pic of what I made but it’s a little dark in the kitchen so the picture isn’t that good. I also made these with no process sugars.

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  8. mamakiki Canada joined 11/17 & has 2 comments

    hello hello :))
    how will this turn out in the oven ?

  9. mamakiki Canada joined 11/17 & has 2 comments

    wow wow wow
    this is sooo yummy yummy
    my husband and kids loved it
    thank you so much
    ur videos are great !!! love youuuu

  10. EdenYee8 Philippines joined 11/17 & has 3 comments

    Hi Maangchi. Thank you for sharing your Kkwabaegi / twisted doughnuts…. I tried and yey! I made it :)

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  11. jso0201 Massachusetts joined 9/17 & has 1 comment

    Hello :)
    I’ve seen your recipes years back but never worked up the courage to actually try it, but I happened to have all the ingredients to this recipe and decided to try it out!

    And it came out amazing!! I am so happy because Ive never used yeast before, and I was so sure I would fail.
    They taste amazing. Next time I might try switching out a cup of flour for glutinous rice flour just to get a more chewy texture.

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  12. Hello, Maangchi..
    I am currently making this … but the dough is so sticky that I couldnt roll into a big lamp… i am still setting it for an hour…

  13. AlyMnin Malaysia joined 9/17 & has 1 comment

    I just made this just now. and IT’S SO AMAZING. so crunchy on the outside and it’s really really soft inside. so yummy!
    the only thing i was struggling when i tried to roll the dough to make it twisted.
    sometimes it get too thin and break easily and sometimes it get to thick. so i just changed the shape and make it simpler.
    i’ll try to make them again and work on my mistake.

  14. Vania Pakistan joined 9/17 & has 1 comment

    I want to make this how do I make with half of the recipe?

  15. Adnaan South Africa joined 8/17 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi. I am making these now and was wondering, can one freeze the dough overnight and re use?

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