Honey-Sesame Bars

Prep and Cook Time: about 50 minutes. Notes: To toast the sesame seeds, shake them often in an 8- to 10-inch frying pan over medium heat until golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Promptly remove from pan. You can store these bars airtight for up to 2 days.

Yield: Makes 24 bars
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 201
  • Calories from fat: 54%
  • Protein: 2.6g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated fat: 2.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 22g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Sodium: 78mg
  • Cholesterol: 22mg


  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups toasted sesame seeds (see notes)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. 1. In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat oil, sugar, eggs, 1/3 cup honey, and 1 1/2 teaspoons orange peel until smooth and well blended.
  2. 2. In another bowl, mix all-purpose and whole-wheat flours, baking powder, salt, and sesame seeds; stir or beat into oil mixture until well blended. Spread batter evenly in a lightly oiled 9- by 13-inch baking pan.
  3. 3. Bake in a 375° oven until center springs back when lightly touched and top is richly browned, 18 to 20 minutes.
  4. 4. Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix melted butter, remaining 1/2 cup honey, and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel until smooth. With a wooden skewer, pierce warm baked bar at 1/2-inch intervals. Pour honey mixture evenly over the top.
  5. 5. Let cool at least 10 minutes, then cut into 24 bars. Let cool completely.
  6. Note: Nutritional analysis is per bar.
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