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..
I know it looks weird!