Italian cookies rolled in sesame seeds

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Ingredients

42
Original recipe yields 42 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine flour and sugar in a bowl. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender-or work with your hands - until mixture resembles coarse meal.

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  • Add anise oil (optional) small amount for it is very strong, to 1/2 cup of the milk and add to flour mixture. Gradually add more of the milk mixing until dough holds together.

  • Pull off small portions of dough and roll between palms of the hands into a roll about finger size. Roll in sesame seeds. Seeds stick better if put in sugared water and taken out and put on a clean lintless cloth. Roll on cloth with seeds, then flatten out too about 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into 2 inch strips, place on ungreased baking sheet.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove, cool completely, then store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

136.4 calories; 1.6 g protein; 14.4 g carbohydrates; 0.3 mg cholesterol; 2.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2004
My husband and I drive an hour and a half to Brooklyn for these cookie and I like this recipe better. The hint of anise is nice. THANKS! HINT!!! I went thru about 6 oz. of sesame seeds to roll. Make sure you have about a half a pound ready. I also used my bread machine to mix the dough. It's much easier. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/15/2009
Not as good as they should have been...definitely need to add 1/2 tsp of Anise oil and 1 tsp of vanilla Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2004
My husband and I drive an hour and a half to Brooklyn for these cookie and I like this recipe better. The hint of anise is nice. THANKS! HINT!!! I went thru about 6 oz. of sesame seeds to roll. Make sure you have about a half a pound ready. I also used my bread machine to mix the dough. It's much easier. Read More
(60)
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2004
My husband and I drive an hour and a half to Brooklyn for these cookie and I like this recipe better. The hint of anise is nice. THANKS! HINT!!! I went thru about 6 oz. of sesame seeds to roll. Make sure you have about a half a pound ready. I also used my bread machine to mix the dough. It's much easier. Read More
(60)
Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2004
I really liked this cookie - takes a little time to make since there are so many of them. Brought them into the office and got rave reviews. Not a kid's type of cookie more of an adult taste. Great with coffee or tea. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/15/2009
Not as good as they should have been...definitely need to add 1/2 tsp of Anise oil and 1 tsp of vanilla Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2011
this recipe was great!! you certainly need the anise. Also I made the cookies a little thicker than called for because of personal preference.... great results I felt like I was back in NY!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2010
these are my favorite italian cookie. We have been making these in my family for as long as I remember with a recipe handed down through 3 generations. They are great witha good cup of hot tea. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2014
Anise oil is really not an "optional" ingredient. NOTE the recipe as written is for 7 dozen. Use the adjuster function provided to make a small batch to try I believe you will like them. The second time I made them I used vanilla and almond extracts - 1 tsp each for 1/2 of the recipe as written and they were good that way too. Thank you for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2016
Easy excellent recipe with an authentic taste! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2014
These are Fantastic!! Iv never made these before but a friend of mine wanted me to make her an Italian cookie tray up so I thought id try this recipe! So good! I did add some sesame seeds to the batter as well as coating them for a bit of extra flavor and used almond extract! These are Delicious!! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
09/18/2017
I have a similar recipe on my website that is a little less complicated. The photo of the finished product was so similar to mine I thought it was the same. Mine is different with more of a Mediterranean flavor! Read More