Vatican City is officially a country and definitely deserves a cookie in my blog. The kitchen of this mini state is, of course, not very different from the rest of Italy and no special cookies are eaten – if you don’t count communion wafers. This honey-sesame cookie is one of the oldest Roman cookies known. The recipe consists of a few simple ingredients, butter, sugar, egg, flour, sesame seed and honey. These ingredients have been used in this region for centuries. Honey and sesame seeds give this cookie its main flavor. I really like the taste of this cookie. It is has a nice crumbly texture, it is not too sweet and has a delicious strong honey flavor and the crunch of nutty sesame seeds. If you enjoyed this cookie try my variation with espresso and almonds!
Honey sesame cookie from Vatican City
for ± 20 cookies
100 g (1 scant stick) butter
60 g (½ cup) caster sugar
225 g (1½ cups) flour
40 g (heaped ¼ cup) sesame seed + extra to be dipped
50 g (4 tbsp) honey + extra for dipping
pinch of salt
Beat the butter with the sugar light and creamy with an electric mixer in ± 5 min.
Beat in the egg.
Add the flour and the sesame seeds.
Quickly knead into a ball. Press slightly flat and leave to rest in plastic wrap in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Shape balls of dough as big as a walnut. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Press the biscuits slightly flat, brush with honey and sprinkle with some sesame seeds.
Bake in the middle of the oven in ± 15-20 min. until very light brown and done.
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