Honey Sesame Cookies

Honey sesame cookies
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
212 Calories
15g Fat
20g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 212
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 140mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 2g
Calcium 49mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This honey sesame cookies recipe from Corsica most likely originated in Turkey centuries ago, since it is essentially the same as the Turkish barazek. A coating of honey-dipped, toasted sesame seeds is what gives these delicious cookies their special kick. They taste especially good on the first or second day after baking with a strong cup of tea.


  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons water
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped pistachios (optional)

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  2. Stir together the sesame seeds, honey, and water. Place them in a wide, shallow bowl or on a small plate and set it aside.

  3. Combine the flour, baking powder, and sugar. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter until the mixture is sandy with a few pea-sized pieces of butter throughout. Stir in 1/3 water and the pistachios, if desired, until the dough just holds together.

  4. Take a heaping teaspoon of dough and form it into a ball, and then dip one-half of the ball into the toasted sesame-honey mixture. Repeat this with the remaining dough, arranging the cookies in a single layer on a baking sheet, sesame side up.

  5. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes, or until they turn light, golden brown. Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute and then transfer them to a wire cooling rack.

  6. This honey sesame cookie recipe makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies.