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Italian Sesame Seed Cookies

 Italian Sesame Seed Cookies
These golden cookies, recommended by Joan Humphreys of Ellicott City, Maryland, are light inside, chewy outside and really showcase the flavor of sesame.
33 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 5 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the shortening, butter and sugar. Add eggs,
  • one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed
  • mixture.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 3 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Brush
  • with milk; sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 400° for 8-10
  • minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • Yield: about 5-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 165 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 40 mg cholesterol, 142 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.