Italian Seed Cookies

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My family has been making this traditional Italian cookie for years. My family expects these every Christmas, but they are good anytime!

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  • add   3/4 cup sesame seeds
  • add   1/8 teaspoon salt
  • add   4 tablespoons shortening
  • add   3 cups all-purpose flour
  • add   2 teaspoons vanilla
  • add   1/4 cup milk
  • add   2 large eggs
  • add   3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • add   4 tablespoons butter
  • add   2 teaspoons baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a bowl; set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, blend butter and shortening.
  4. Add eggs, milk and vanilla.
  5. Gradually add dry ingredients, making a soft dough.
  6. Divide dough into 4 pieces.
  7. Roll each piece into a long roll, about a 1/2-inch diameter; cut into 2-inch pieces.
  8. Roll each piece in sesame seeds.
  9. Place 1-inch apart on a baking seet.
  10. Bake 20-25 minutes, until lightly golden brown.
  11. Cook on wire racks.
  12. Store in airtight containers.