Aunt Anne's Sesame Cookies

Aunt Anne's Sesame Cookies

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DianeF 12

"After trying my hand at countless sesame cookie recipes, my Italian girlfriend shared her Aunt Anne's recipe and I knew my search had ended! Basically an anise flavored butter cookie covered in sesame seeds. The smell when removing them from the oven is wonderful!"
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32 m servings 72 cals
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Original recipe yields 60 servings



  • Calories:
  • 72 kcal
  • 4%
  • Fat:
  • 4.4 g
  • 7%
  • Carbs:
  • 7.1g
  • 2%
  • Protein:
  • 1.2 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 11 mg
  • 4%
  • Sodium:
  • 31 mg
  • 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and anise extract until well blended. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well incorporated. If you are using a stand mixer, let the dough mix for another minute to add lightness to the dough. The dough will be soft, but will hand roll easily.
  3. Pinch off pieces of dough slightly smaller than a walnut, and roll them into small logs. Dip in milk, then roll in sesame seeds. Place cookies one inch apart on a cookie sheet. Cookies will not spread very much.
  4. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until bottom and sides of cookies are lightly toasted. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.


  1. 103 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

Outstanding little cookie, great with coffee. Just a note on saving money. If you have an Asian market nearby, buy the sesame seeds there at 80% less than the normal grocery store.

Most helpful critical review

The dough had a pronounced anise smell but when baked they lacked flavor. The cookies were very easy to make. I omitted the milk wash and had no problem with the seeds sticking. A pretty cook...

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Outstanding little cookie, great with coffee. Just a note on saving money. If you have an Asian market nearby, buy the sesame seeds there at 80% less than the normal grocery store.

Thank you, thank you to the person who posted this recipe! When I was a little girl, my grandmother's neighbor made these same cookies. They are wonderful, and the recipe is perfect...they are...

Wow! My search has ended, too! I got some sesame seeds from our local bagel shop (he gave them to me already toasted) and they made all the difference in the world! Absolutely the hit of my Holi...

These cookies were perfect!!! I made them exactly as written except I used half the butter. I agree with Marcelle2...this recipe only made 40 cookies. Also, you don't have to dip the dough in mi...

Diane, you've won my heart!! I've loved these cookies since I was little and was so thrilled to find this recipe to add to my Christmas cookie collection. They're amazing! The amount of anise ex...

By far this is the best recipe for sesame cookies! And I've been baking italian cookies for 60 years. The dough is the perfect consistency for rolling in your hands. You won't need the milk, ...

As the baker of the family, I was requested to bring Italian cookies to my Italian in-laws for Mother's Day. Yikes! However, I was told that these cookies tasted just like the ones from the It...

I just made these cookies for the first time and they are an Italian favorite and delish. I may have a suggestion to make prep time a little faster. Instead of taking walnut size pieces of dou...

These are YUMMY!, I married into an Italian family who always made sesame cookies for Christmas. My mother in law is 85 now and doesn't bake much anymore. I made these cookies for the extended...

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