Renato’s sesame cookies


A wonderful display of local pastries and breads prompted me to bake these so very delicious sesame cookies as soon as I went home. They are very easy to make and I use Renato’s old recipe. We love dunking them in our coffee.

You will need:

315g flour
100g butter
1 spoon baking powder
A few drops of a good vanilla extract
Zest of one lemon
110g sugar
75ml water
Pinch of ground aniseed
200g sesame seeds, use the amount that you prefer

Rub the butter into the flour.
Add the baking powder, vanilla and lemon zest.
Mix the water and sugar in a separate container.
Mix everything together.
Add the aniseed and form the dough.
Allw to rest for an hour in the fridge.
Cut the dough into 20 equal portions, weigh them so that the cookies are the same size.
If you prefer a smaller size cookie, divide the dough into 40 pieces.
Roll each portion on a piece of baking paper co ered in sesame seeds.
It is traditional on the island to form the dough into an ‘8’ shape but you can also form them into rings.
Place on a baking dish covered with baking paper.
Bake at 200 C for 15 to 20 minutes.
Allow to cool and harden before removing them from the baking sheet.


And this is the tempting display of local cookies.



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