There used to be a commercial version of these years ago but once you have had them home-made there is no comparison. These are not too sweet but they are addicting.

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Servings:
60
Yield:
4 - 5 dozen
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Ingredients

60
Original recipe yields 60 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheet.

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  • Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cardamom in a large bowl. Cut shortening in with a pastry blender or knives until the size of small peas.

  • Stir in eggs, lightly beaten, and lemon extract. Stir in milk on tablespoon at a time, mixing after each addition.

  • Mix everything together thoroughly. Break dough off in small pieces and roll in the hands to rolls about 1-1/2 inches long. Flatten slightly and roll in sesame seeds.

  • Place on cookie sheet 3/4 inch apart. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts

88 calories; protein 1.5g 3% DV; carbohydrates 10.3g 3% DV; fat 4.6g 7% DV; cholesterol 6.4mg 2% DV; sodium 37.6mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2008
Interesting twist on the traditional biscotti di regina my italian aunts were initially very suspicious of the cardamom and thought there was too much lemon extract but I guess it's a matter of taste. Forming these cookies is fairly time consuming so to speed things along a bit I measure out a half cup of dough gently roll/coax it to a cylinder approx half inch in diameter and cut off 1.5 inch lengths. Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
02/17/2008
Interesting twist on the traditional biscotti di regina my italian aunts were initially very suspicious of the cardamom and thought there was too much lemon extract but I guess it's a matter of taste. Forming these cookies is fairly time consuming so to speed things along a bit I measure out a half cup of dough gently roll/coax it to a cylinder approx half inch in diameter and cut off 1.5 inch lengths. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2012
My hubby and I love them so I made a batch for him for Valentine's Day! They're good as is but I used cream instead of milk this time and switched out half the shortening with butter. They are so good this way! They don't expand very much at all so you can put quite a few on the cookie sheet. To save yourself time put about 1/4 of the dough at a time in a ziploc bag and nip the corner twist the bag opening to make it into a pastry bag then squeeze out to the desired length directly on to the sesame seeds using a butter knife to cut it. Then just flip the cookie over as you place it on your parchment paper and pop them in the oven. It saves a ton of time and your hands don't get all gooey! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2004
A superb cookie! Should be included in any selection of great traditional Italian cookie presentations. The cardamom lemon sesame blend is wonderfully subtle. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2006
Used lemon zest instead of extract put in splash of vanilla. Make sure to cool before eating since the taste does change. Have to adjust the time/temp for non-stick surface but they were a great father's day surprise for my husband who's got a thing for Reginas. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/15/2004
I was looking for something to make for a "queen for a day" celebration for a co-worker. This recipe fit the bill. These cookies were very easy to make once I was able to find Cardamom and a large quantity of sesame seeds (check ethnic area of grocery store that carries East Indian cooking supplies). Great taste -- like a lemon cookie/biscuit combo. Received many compliments. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2010
I suggest making a couple as a test-run. My first batch got too browned and I turned the heat down to 350. The second batch came out perfect after 12 minutes. Also I am not one for "cutting in" so I creamed the shortening and sugar added the egg extract and cardamom then mixed the dry ingredients separately and added all at once. Once that was mixed I added the milk as recipe stated. One more thing I didn't have enough sesame seeds for my whole batch so I rolled a few in nonpareils which the kids really liked! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2005
MMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2006
Tasty and good with coffee. Mine split on the top which I don't like the look of. So maybe not ready for parties yet. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2011
They taste just like the sesame seed cookies I buy at Italian bakeries. I followed the recipe as written and baked them for about 12 minutes. Next time I will make them a little larger; I made them a little small. Read More
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