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Sicilian Sesame Seed Cookies-Biscotti Regina

Sicilian Sesame Seed Cookies-Biscotti Regina- are an easy to make, crunchy and lightly nutty Sicilian cookie. These delicious cookies are not too sweet and are covered in toasted sesame seeds. A perfect cookie to add to your Christmas cookie tray! Great for breakfast or an afternoon coffee break.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian, Sicilian
Keyword: Christmas cookies, vegan
Servings: 22
Author: Lora


  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • tsp salt
  • ¼ cup margarine softened (or unsalted butter or lard)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp milk I used unsweetened almond milk


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Place a rack in the center of the oven.
  • In a large skillet, add the sesame seeds and on medium heat, lightly toast them. Keep stirring them as they’re getting a little colors, as you don’t want them to get too brown. Set them aside in a casserole or large dish to cool down (that’s where you will be dipping the cookies into them).
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper (I used 2) and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder.
  • In another large bowl, by hand or with an electric mixer, beat together the margarine (or butter)with the sugar until smooth and fluffy.
  • Add in the flour mixture a little bit at a time. Scrape bottom and sides of bowl to combine well. Add in the milk a tablespoon at a time, until you have a soft dough.
  • Dump out the dough onto a clean work surface. Work the dough just a bit until it is smooth and cohesive, adding just small portion of flour if it’s needed to bring the dough together.
  • Scoop out small portions of the dough to make 2-inch cookies. Brush with a little milk and roll them in the container with the toasted sesame seeds.
  • Space out the cookies 1-inch apart on the baking sheets (depending on how precisely you scoop out portions, should make about 22-24 cookies).
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until they’re golden brown.