Sesame Cookies

I have always loved sesame seeds. I’m not sure why really, on their own they are somewhat nondescript. But, on a bagel or on a cookie they are so much more. These are my buttery black and white sesame cookies; a cross between two well-known sweets served during the Chinese New Yearsmiling-ball cookies, (a traditional cookie that symbolizes happiness and laughter) and Chinese almond cookies, (coined shaped cookies that symbolize wealth, and prosperity, and good fortune in the year ahead).

With an added buttery texture (from a combination of butter and coconut oil) my sesame cookies are simple, yet remarkably flavorful, with an added crunch. Festival-worthy if you ask me, these cookies are slightly addictive and they happen to pair perfectly with a hot cup of green tea on a brisk winter morning.

sesame cookies

Sesame (or Sesamum indicum) is a flowering plant naturalized in tropical regions around the world and cultivated for its small edible seeds which grow in little pods or “buns”. What many don’t know, is that little sesame seeds have one the highest oil contents of any seed with a rich and nutty flavor. In Asian cultures, sesame seeds and sesame oil are very important condiments. The sesame’s slightly sweet, robust nuttiness makes these somewhat simple sesame cookies slightly more complex flavor-wise.

sesame cookies

Health-wise, sesame seeds have many believed health benefits most don’t realize. Rich with essential minerals such as copper, magnesium, calcium, and iron, these little guys are also a great source of protein and fiber. Sesame seeds are also said to be great for your hair and skin, as well as helping to maintain strong bones.

If you’ve never baked with sesame seeds, give these lovely cookies a try, you may be pleasantly surprised by their unexpected deliciousness.

sesame cookies

About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

6 thoughts on "Sesame Cookies"

  1. Avatar photo Cyndie Eng says:

    Yummy cookies. Nice delicate taste.

    1. You are so kind. Thank you for the lovely comment and reaching out. So glad you liked these cookies, they are a favorite of mine indeed.

  2. Avatar photo Adeline says:

    Thank you so much for this delicious recipe! The kids and I made it yesterday and the whole family loves these cookies. Definitely a keeper!

    1. Love hearing this! Thanks so much for making my recipe and taking the time to drop a note, so lovely of you. Be well and happy baking!

  3. Avatar photo Katie J says:

    These look lovely. I look forward to trying them!

    1. Thank you Katie, I hope you do try them and please let me know what you think if you do.

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