Sesame cookies (σουσάμι μπισκότι) are a light, tender, cake like, nutty, just lightly sweet, positively wonderful treat and they’re enjoyed all over Greece. You’ll find these in bakeries in every region of the country and, of course, throughout the Greek diaspora.
These cookies are enjoyed especially during the lenten season as they are made without olive oil and appropriate for even the most strict fasters. So good and so easy you’ll love them year round – and less than 45 minutes from start to finish!
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 salt
- 3/4 cup tahini (well stirred)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp cardamom
- 1 tsp vanilla powder
- 1/2 cup water
- ½ cup orange juice
- 1 cup sesame seeds
Combine flour, baking powder and salt in bowl and set aside.
Place sesame seeds in low sided bowl.
Cream tahini, sugar, cardamom and vanilla powder.
Add water and orange juice to tahini mixture and stir well until smooth.
Mix in flour until mixture forms a soft, not sticky, dough. Fill a 1/3 measuring scoop with dough, turn out onto counter and cut each scoop into 2 pieces for 20 pieces total. Roll each piece of dough into a ball and roll ball in bowl of sesame seeds. Place sesame balls on ungreased baking sheet and gently press down into a 3/4” high disk.
Bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Allow cookies to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.
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