Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Dietary guidance: v
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
2 tsps vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds
1/3 cup granulated sugar OR toasted sesame seeds
In large bowl, cream butter with brown sugar until fluffy; beat in egg. Stir in vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and nutmeg; stir into butter mixture in 2 additions. Stir in sesame seeds.
Divide into thirds; form each into 8-inch long log. Wrap in waxed or parchment paper; press on work surface to flatten bottom. Turn and flatten 3 more times to make 1 1/2- x 1-inch rectangular log (optional, circles are fine, too). Dough can be chilled for 30 minutes, or up to 2 days, or frozen for up to 1 month.
Unwrap logs, brush with water. Spread sugar or toasted sesame seeds on flat surface, press each log into coating. Slice into 1/4-inch slices. Place on parchment-paper-lined baking sheets. Bake in top and bottom thirds of 350 degree oven until golden brown, 10 minutes, rotating and switching pans halfway through. Let cool on pans for 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely.
Makes 10 dozen.