From Netflix to IRL: How to Make the Viral Squid Game Cookies

The ultimate Dalgona Korean cookie recipe


Let’s just say, we all prefer for Squid Game’s plot to only ever live in the fictional sphere. But if you’ve binged the series like the rest of us, you’ve probably wondered if you’d survive it. Well, there’s one game you can (safely) try—but it requires you hopping into the kitchen. 

Thanks to TikTok (of course), we’ve got the recipe down to a T. Not to worry, we’re happy to share it with you. If you haven’t seen the series yet and want to avoid even the mildest of spoilers, you might want to tread carefully over the next few sentences. 

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In the second game of the show, players are given a honeycomb cookie and are asked to carve the shape out of it with a tiny needle. If they fail—and break it—then, to put it lightly, they’re eliminated. 

As it turns out, the cookie is quite easily to whip up. They’re known as the Dalgona cookies, which were popular in 70s and 80s Korea, and typically sold on the streets. Needless to say, you can easily make it on your own and give it a try along with your friends to see who would survive Squid Games IRL, no terrifying guards involved. 

Here’s how it’s done: 

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons of white sugar, 1/3 tablespoon of baking powder, parchment paper, cookie cutters in the shape of a star, circle, square and umbrella. 

Recipe: put a tablespoon of sugar into a pan and heat over medium heat, stir until the sugar is melted then remove from heat. Add a dash of baking soda and watch as it expands. Pour mixture onto parchment paper. Cool for 30 seconds and use cookie cutter to add shape.

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