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Italian Sesame Seed Cookies Recipe

Italian Sesame Seed Cookies


3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into bits and softened
1/4 cup vegetable shortening, softened
2 large eggs, beaten lightly
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup sesame seeds


In a bowl combine the flour, the sugar, the baking powder, and the salt and blen in the butter and the vegetable shortening until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Make a well in the center, add the eggs, the milk, and the vanilla, and combine the mixture, incorporating the liquid gradually, until it forms a soft dough. Divide the dough into 36 pieces and form each piece into a 3-inch log. Roll the logs in the sesame seeds and bake them 1 inch apart on lightly buttered baking sheets in a preheated 375F oven for 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Let the cookies cool on racks and store them in airtight containers.
Makes 36 biscotti.

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