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Gluten Free Sicilian Sesame Cookies


Italian Sesame Cookies

Sicilian Sesame Seed Cookies

Course: Cookies
Cuisine: gluten free, Italian
Keyword: Cookies, Italian Cookies, Sesame
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 66 kcal
Author: Alina Eisenhauer


  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • 130 g 1:1 flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 65 g unsalted butter Plant butter, shortening or lard
  • 50 g sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp orange extract or orange blossom water
  • 4 tbsp (60g) milk or plant milk
  • 1 egg for egg wash (can use milk)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place a rack in the center of the oven.
  2. In a large skillet, add the sesame seeds and on medium heat, lightly toast them. Keep moving the pan around as they’re getting a little color, you don’t want them to get too brown. Turn them out onto a parchment lined baking tray to cool.
  3. Line two more baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder.
  5. In another large bowl, by hand or with an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Add in the vanilla and mix to combine.
  6. Add in the flour mixture a little bit at a time. Scrape bottom and sides of bowl to combine well. Add in the milk a tablespoon at a time, until you have a soft dough.
  7. Dump out the dough onto a clean work surface. Work the dough just a bit until it is smooth and cohesive, adding a little flour if it’s needed to bring the dough together.
  8. Wrap the dough in plastic and rest for 30 minutes at room temperature

  9. Roll the dough into ropes that are approximately ¾ inch thick. Brush with egg wash and roll them in the toasted sesame seeds. Cut into 1 – 2 inch pieces depending how big you want your cookies to be.
  10. Space out the cookies 1-inch apart on the baking sheets (depending on how you cut them, this should make about 22-24 cookies).
  11. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until they’re golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
Sicilian Sesame Seed Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 66 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 29mg1%
Potassium 39mg1%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 82IU2%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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