Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Italian Sesame Seed Cookies

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The cookies are ready for the oven!


Last night at our October Dixie Diva Meeting, we discussed Tom Rachman's The Imperfectionists.


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The book is set in Rome, so I served Italian Sesame Sesame Seed Cookies from my new cookbook, Tate's Bake Shop Cookbook.  (Thanks again, Sue!)


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I thought I would share the recipe with you today because I have seen it all over the web.  The cookies are great after a heavy meal because they are light and not very sweet.  They are delicious with cappuccino.


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Italian Sesame Seed Cookies


1/2 c salted butter, softened to room temperature
1/3 c sugar
1 t vanilla
1 large egg
1 3/4 c all-purpose flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 c raw sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease one cookie sheet or line it with a Silpat.

Cream the butter and sugar till soft and creamy.  Add the vanilla and egg. Mix them well.

Mix in the four and baking powder.

Place the sesame seeds in a small bowl and set it aside.

Form the dough into small balls and roll them until they are smooth.  Toss the balls one at a time into the sesame seeds, pressing lightly on all sides.  Place them on the cookie sheet.  Press them down until they are about two inches in diameter.  The cookies do not spread very much, so they can be placed fairly close together.

Bake them for 25 to 30 minutes or until they are golden brown all over.

Yield: 32 cookies


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The first batch is ready for book club.


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First, I shall try a few for an afternoon snack.  Quality control, of course!


I hope you will try these cookies!  I cannot say enough nice things about the Tate's Bake Shop Cookbook.  You can order it from the Tate's Bake Shop website here.  I highly recommend it!

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Until next time...

Blessings!
Ricki Jill

19 comments:

  1. Oh I think the book looks delicious! I will put it on my "must read" list.

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  2. Grazie della ricetta!Sono italiana ma non la conoscevo!Baci,Rosetta

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  3. Every time I swear I will not buy another cookbook! But I feel like you really want me to have this cookbook...I really don't want to let you down...I really want those cookies (yes, I realize that you were kind enough to include that recipe...to use while I wait for the book to ship!)
    How was the other book?

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  4. Oh, the cookies look great.... help.... I am on a diet!!!!
    Love,
    Lorraine

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  5. They look yummy and sound right down my alley. I like not too sweet things and I love sesame seeds! Thanks

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  6. These look so good and so does the cookbook. The Imperfectionists is on my reading list! I'll be anxious to see what you say about it!

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  7. Oh I love sesame seeds, oil, you name it. Those do sound like they would be great with a cup of very strong coffee. Perfect afternoon delight.

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  8. Those sound great for luncheons- thanks! :D

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  9. The cookies look so scrumptious. Nel has a book club night sometimes, and they discuss books and have goodies along with it. I've never heard of sesame seed cookies, but I love anything Italian.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  10. These look delicious! I'm bookmarking!

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  11. Oh you've made the "gigilant" as we call them! (Don't know if that is the correct spelling...it's that Americanized-Italian that we speak around here) My 96 year old Aunt still makes them all the time. Aren't they great?

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  12. I love cookies that crack like that. These look delish. I have a similar cookie recipe that I make all the time. Easy ingredients that you always have. Your book club sounds like fun. Have a good evening!

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  13. Those cookies look very good, Ricki. They look nice too..Christine

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  14. Well, those cookies look delicious, but I'd rather have the plates. ;-)

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  15. These cookies look so-o-o good! I could have some now!:) Take care and have a wonderful Thursday.

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  16. The cookies look delish! I like that they are not too sweet! I am blog hopping & following you from Katherine's Corner. Pls follow back. Growing Old With Grace http://growing-old-with-grace.blogspot.com/

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  17. It's been years since I've had these, tfs.

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  18. Hi there! New visitor here :) Those cookies look delicious. I love it when cookies crack just a little to show some texture.

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  19. Hi! Following from the Thur Fave Things Hop. What a great idea to match the eats to the setting of the book. I adore anything sesame so will add the recipe to my collection-- cna't wait to try it.

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