Buy sesame seeds at the health food store, where they're more reasonably priced.

Clementa Florio, Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina
Recipe by Southern Living April 2005

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
5 mins
chill:
1 hr
bake:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Yield:
Makes 10 dozen
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cook sesame seeds in a heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 5 minutes or until toasted.

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  • Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Stir in sesame seeds, egg, and vanilla.

  • Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; stir into butter mixture. Cover dough, and chill at least 1 hour.

  • Shape dough into 1/2-inch balls; place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Flatten to a 1/16-inch thickness with floured fingers or a flat-bottomed glass.

  • Bake at 325° for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

  • Tip: Pressing dough into a teaspoon measuring spoon creates about a 1/2-inch ball.

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