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sesame cookies
Sesame Cookies/Biscottini Sesamo (using shortening; flavored with anise)
Originated from: Italy
Occasion: Any time & special times
Contributed by: Taken from "The Complete Italian Cook Book: LA CUCINA" by Rose L. Sorce (Grosset & Dunlap, 1953)

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1/3 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups shortening, melted
3/4 lb sesame seeds
1 lb sugar
4 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon anise
milk as needed


Blend flour, sugar, and baking powder and eggs and shortening; and mix with hands, add flavoring and mix to a smooth dough, using milk, if needed.

Roll dough out and cut into 1 inch lengths about the thickness of a finger.

Roll in sesame seeds.

Bake in a moderate oven (325 degrees F) about 20 minutes.


This recipe was taken from "The Complete Italian Cook Book: La Cucina" by Rose L. Sorce. It was published by Grosset & Dunlap in 1953. For the entire copyright-free cookbook see www.archive.org.... Photo: Mary Melfi.

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