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Italian Sesame Cookies

These nontraditional European cookies aren't overly sweet and have a wonderful crunch from sesame seeds. They're the ideal accompaniment to a freshly brewed cup of coffee or tea.—Sarah Knoblock, Hyde Park, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    8 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-3/4 cups sesame seeds
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add 1 egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface, knead 10-12 times or until smooth. Divide dough into 8 portions. Shape each portion into a 24-in. log. Cut logs into 2-in. pieces.
  • Place sesame seeds and milk in separate shallow bowls. Brush pieces with milk, then roll in sesame seeds. Place 2-in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° until set and bottoms are lightly browned, 7-9 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 45 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 35mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch.
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  • Troy
    Jan 1, 2021

    Good Recipe, fun to make. But if you do a mix of white and black sesame seeds they look waaaayyy cooler. Haha it may not be the traditional style, but the look is so much more impressive with that color pop.

  • Ang
    Dec 12, 2020

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  • jidisita
    Oct 7, 2020

    This is an excellent recipe. I’ve used it for years. The only adjustment I made is to cut the vanilla to 1/2 tsp and add 1 tsp almond extract.