Prep 25 mins
Cook 25 mins
My family has been making this traditional Italian cookie for years. My family expects these every Christmas, but they are good anytime!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons shortening
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1⁄4 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 3⁄4 cup sesame seeds
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a bowl; set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, blend butter and shortening.
- Add eggs, milk and vanilla.
- Gradually add dry ingredients, making a soft dough.
- Divide dough into 4 pieces.
- Roll each piece into a long roll, about a 1/2-inch diameter; cut into 2-inch pieces.
- Roll each piece in sesame seeds.
- Place 1-inch apart on a baking seet.
- Bake 20-25 minutes, until lightly golden brown.
- Cool on wire racks.
- Store in airtight containers.
These are wonderful little cookies! Not too sweet, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, they are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee or tea. I used all butter in the recipe and rolled them into balls. The recipe made 38 cookies for me. The next time I make these, I may add just a hint of anise or citrus zest. Thanks for sharing this great recipe Kim.
Excellent Italian cookie. Everyone just loves these. I will make them for ever...
Made it exactly as recipe says and they were very good...my grandma even said they tasted like they came from the corner bakery!