Regina Cookies

 Regina CookiesRegina Cookies are well complimented with a cup of coffee. The anise combines nicely with the nutty flavor of the sesame seeds making for a pleasant treat for breakfast or dessert.

A special note when gathering your ingredients: I bought pre-roasted sesame seeds because that’s all I could find at the grocery store in the quantity needed for this recipe. I recommend not using roasted sesame seeds if possible because the result was an overpowering, almost too salty tasting sesame flavor. Wife really loves them, but to me the sesame and anise could be balanced a little better.

Recipe: Aunt Anne’s Sesame Cookies (source unknown)
1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg (recipe says room temp, but mine was still cold)
2 tsp anise extract
2 1/2 cups AP flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 milk (or as needed)
1 cup sesame seeds (we ended up only using 1/2 cup)


Preheat oven to 350

In large bowl cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and anise extract until well blended. In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly stir into butter mixture until well incorporated. Dough will be soft, but will hand roll easily.

Pinch off about a square inch of dough and roll it in your hands into the shape of a small log. Dip the log into milk and then roll it in sesame seeds. Place on cookie sheet about 1″ apart. Cookies will not spread much.

Bake for 17-20 minutes in preheated oven. Remove from cookie sheet to cool on wire rack. Store in an airtight container at room temp.

And now for the fun..

 

Butter and sugar about to be creamed.
Butter and sugar creaming..

 

Nice white and fluffy creamed butter with sugar. Below anise extract is added as well as the egg.
Here is the flour, salt and baking powder in the sifter.
Flour, salt and baking powder sifted.
Slowly adding the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients while the mixer is on. Not too much all at once or you’ll be wearing the dry ingredients.
Most of the flour is in and mixing up well.
The final cookie batter.

 

A pinch of dough rolled into a log. It had been dipped in milk and now it’s going for a roll in sesame seeds.
I know it looks weird!

 

Rolled in sesame seeds and placed on the cookie sheet.
Pan ready for the oven.
Freh out of the oven, these have been baked for 20 minutes.
A close-up of the finished product.

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