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Sesame Anise Melts Recipe

Sesame Anise Melts

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"This is an Italian cookie. Shaped in balls and rolled in sesame seeds. Flavored with anise."

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Original recipe makes 3 dozen Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt, set aside. In a medium bowl, cream together the lard and sugar. Stir in the egg and anise seeds. Add dry ingredients, mix well. Put the sesame seeds into a shallow bowl or saucer. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, roll them in the sesame seeds to coat. Place them 1 1/2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Flatten the balls slightly using the bottom of a glass.
  3. Bake for 6 to 9 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 16, 2011

This recipe is excellent. It combined my love for anise and sesame together. I added one teaspoon and a half of anise extract and also made round flat cookies instead of balls. I have shared this recipe with countless friends and relatives. Thanks you Candy for sharing this recipe with us. I would like to add that I have given this recipe to at least 20 people. This recipe is to die for and the name of it should be changed to Sesame Anise Cookies so more people can find it and enjoy it!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 14, 2002

Except for the anise flavor, these cookies were dry and tasteless. Even my husband, who loves anise and sesame, refused to eat these cookies.

Nov 01, 2002

These cookies are great! Very crispy and flavorful! I used shortening instead of lard and they were still terrific

Aug 29, 2002

When I first read the ingredients I was not too impressed. So I made the first batch to "test" the flavor and WOW was I surprized at how delicious these little cookies were! This is a winner in my book and my short-lived scepticism has now gone south for the winter! I found that I had a lot of sesame seeds left over so I made another batch...after all, I had a big ole fat box of LARD taking up space in my kitchen. I browned the sesame seeds slowly in a large skillet using a small amount of butter and stiring with a wooden spoon. These will now join the rank and file of traditional Christmas cookies I make every year. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe Candy!

Apr 12, 2011

A wonderfully simple cookie with big flavor. Without any other flavors to compete with, the sesame and anise both come through boldly. The only change I made to the recipe was substituting vegetable shortening for the lard. If you're a fan of sesame and anise, these will be a treat for you! Thanks for sharing!

Feb 18, 2007

I didn't like the flavor of these AT ALL - however, in all fairness, a couple of people at my work did like them....

Nov 15, 2013

this cookie is a family favorite , we brown a little the sesame seeds first, be careful not to over bake. great with coffee. this has been past down threw the generations.

Dec 22, 2012

I loved the flavor of these; such a nice simple cookie that can stand by itself with the wonderful flavor of anise and sesame. I too used butter flavor crisco. Only change was to add a tsp of vanilla. Used my coffee grinder to grind the anise seed and used a heaping tablespoon. I didn't bother toasting the sesame seeds since they would be toasted while baking. the bursts of flavor from the anise seed and the sesame was wonderful. this is not a sweet rich cookie but a beautiful potpourri of anise and sesame. ty for this darling cookie.


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  • Calories
  • 211 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 21 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 13 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 3.3 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 55 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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