Sesame Cookies

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An icebox cookie recipe: taken from Canadian Living Holiday Best magazine, 2001 Holiday issue.

Preparation time: 10 minutes plus min 30 mins chill time
Cooking time: 10 mins

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: lots

Dietary guidance: v 

Tags: dessert · snack · cookie · icebox ·


1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
1 egg
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.


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