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Honey Sesame Cookies Recipe


Honey Sesame Cookies Recipe

Honey Sesame Cookies

Xavi Talleda

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.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 2 to 3 dozen cookies


  • 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)


How to make barazek:

Preheat the oven to 350F.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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