Sesame cookies

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On Makar Sankrant, one of the favorite festivals of Maharashtrians, traditionally a sweet is made out of Sesame seeds and Jaggery. Since almost everyone makes this sweet, I figured I should try something different this time. Sesame Cookies were on my list of recipes to make since last year. This was a perfect occasion to post them.

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Although the Festival is over, if you have leftover sesame seeds that you don’t know what to do with, give these a go.

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Ingredients:

Makes about 20

  • Bread Flour 1 1/2 cups
  • Almond Meal 1/2 cup (optional – Substitute with All purpose Flour if you don’t have it)
  • Sesame Seeds 3/4 cup
  • Butter 1 Cup (at room temperature)
  • Granulated Sugar 3/4 cup
  • Eggs 1
  • Confectioner’s Sugar to sprinkle
  • Vanilla Extract 1 tsp
  • Almond Extract  1 tsp (Optional – Substitute with Vanilla Extract)
  • Baking Powder 1/4 tsp
  • Salt 2 pinches
  • Milk – any type for dipping – 1/2 a bowl

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Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius)
  • In a bowl, mix Bread Flour, Almond Meal, Salt and Baking Powder and keep aside.
  • In a stand mixer, Cream Butter. Add Granulated Sugar to Butter and mix on medium for couple of minutes.
  • Add Vanilla and Almond Extract and Mix for 30 seconds.
  • Add Egg and mix for another 2 minutes.
  • Now start pouring the dry ingredients very slowly while Mixer is on lowest setting.
  • Stop once every while to let mixer do its work
  • Once you finish pouring, let the mixer run on medium setting until dough is formed.
  • Take the dough out and knead for a minute if you can and feel that it needs to come together.
  • Set up a station with dough. a small bowl of Milk and a bowl of Sesame seeds.
  • Make the dough in equal pieces of flattened disks about 1 1/2 inch in diameter. Dip each disk in the Milk and then roll into Sesame seeds to completely cover with Sesame Seeds.
  • Place on a cookie sheet and bake on the middle rack for 17 minutes. Do not let the sesame seeds brown.
  • Once out of the oven and slightly cooled, sprinkle with Confectioners Sugar.

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