Today I'm going to post crunchy, aromatic sesame seed cookies. They tasted wonderful and actually the type of crackle to keep you nibbling.
Yields: 22-24 cookies, Preparation time: 10, Baking time: 15
1 cup Sesame seeds + 1/4 cup extra to sprinkle on top
1 cup all purpose Flour
1 tsp Lemon zest
1/2 cup Butter (unsalted)
1/2 cup confectioner's Sugar
1 tsp Baking powder
1 tbsp Milk
Few drops of Vanilla
Pinch of salt
Pre-heat the oven on 180 Degree Celsius. Make sure your butter is at room temperature before you start the proceedings.
Roast the sesame seeds in a pan over a medium heat until lightly brown. Keep aside. Once it has cooled, place 1 cup roasted sesame seeds (don't take that 1/4 cup seeds which we need later) in a blender until it is uniformly powdered.
Add the softened butter to the sugar and with the help of big fork, fold the mixture by quickly stirring in a circular motion. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Mix together the powdered seeds also. Beat egg in a bowl and add vanilla to it, add this to butter mixture. Add lemon zest. Add gradually flour mixture to the butter mixture and blend well. Take a small mixture of the dough and mould into a small ball in your hand. Dip the tip of the ball in milk and sprinkle some sesame seeds.
Grease the cookie sheets with unsalted butter and dust it with flour. Place the balls on greased sheet. Flatten balls slightly with the tip of you fingers. Bake at 180 Degree Celsius for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Leave it for 5 minutes on pan and then remove and then cool completely on a wire rack.
User Comments & Tips:
- Baking sheet should be at room temperature when dough is placed on it. By doing so you will get the desired shape and texture.
- Try to maintain the size and thickness of the cookies so that all are baked together simultaneously.
- Leave atleast 2 inch gap when you place the dough on cookie sheet for baking.
- Use only fresh baking powder, to check that put some baking powder in hot water it should bubble.
This recipe goes to the following events:
Srilekha's EFM- Bakes and Cakes Series.
Champa's Bake Off event
and finally to Neha's Kid's Menu event
Nutritional information: Calorie 70, Carbohydrate- 12 g.