Sesame Seed Cookies

Muna Escobar


Growing up I was Greek Orthodox. When a member of the church or loved one of a member of the church had passed away, it was custom to make these cookies. Trays of these cookies were brought and family members stood behind tables as you went from table to table giving condolences to the family members and taking a cookie.
Customary, these are made in a donut shape. I oftentimes just make them round for ease.
Now that I am grown and no longer Greek Orthodox, I just make these for my family because they love them. These are fabulous with coffee.

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1/2 c
bottle anise extract
1 dash(es)
of salt
3-4 Tbsp
ground anise seed
2 Tbsp
baking powder
6-7 c
6 large
1 1/2 c
sesame seeds, untoasted

How to Make Sesame Seed Cookies


  • 1Combine the sugar, salt, anise & baking powder.
  • 2Add the anise extract, eggs & flour. Mix well.
  • 3Add 6 cups of flour first to make a soft pliable dough. If needed add more flour 1/4 cup at a time.
  • 4Scoop out 1/4 cup fulls.
  • 5Roll each about 6"-7" long.
  • 6Pinch edges to make a nice donut shape.
  • 7Dip the tops of each one into sesame seeds.
  • 8Place on ungreased baking sheet about 2" apart.
  • 9Bake at 350' for about 6 minutes for a soft cookie or longer for a crispy cookie.
  • 10***If you don't want to go through the step of making them into doughnut shape, simply take the 1/4 cup fulls of dough. Roll into ball. Flatten slightly with a glass then dip in sesame seeds.

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About Sesame Seed Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies