Aunt Anne's Sesame Cookies

    40 mins

    After trying my hand at countless sesame cookie recipes, my Italian girlfriend shared her Aunt Anne's recipe and I knew my search had ended! Basically an anise flavoured butter cookie covered in sesame seeds. The smell when removing them from the oven is wonderful!

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    Makes: 60 cookies

    • 1 cup (230g) butter
    • 3/4 cup (70g) caster sugar
    • 1 egg, room temperature
    • 2 teaspoons anise extract
    • 2 1/2 cups (435g) plain flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) milk, or as needed
    • 1 cup (128g) sesame seeds

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C (350 degrees F).
    2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and anise extract until well blended. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well incorporated. If you are using a stand mixer, let the dough mix for another minute to add lightness to the dough. The dough will be soft, but will hand roll easily.
    3. Pinch off pieces of dough slightly smaller than a walnut, and roll them into small logs. Dip in milk, then roll in sesame seeds. Place cookies one inch apart on a cookie sheet. Cookies will not spread very much.
    4. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until bottom and sides of cookies are lightly toasted. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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    Outstanding little cookie, great with coffee. Just a note on saving money. If you have an Asian market nearby, buy the sesame seeds there at 80% less than the normal grocery store.  -  30 Mar 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Thank you, thank you to the person who posted this recipe! When I was a little girl, my grandmother's neighbor made these same cookies. They are wonderful, and the recipe is perfect...they are just as I remembered. I highly recommend them!  -  22 Dec 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Wow! My search has ended, too! I got some sesame seeds from our local bagel shop (he gave them to me already toasted) and they made all the difference in the world! Absolutely the hit of my Holiday cookie tray! Thanks!  -  31 Jan 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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