Crisp, not-too-sweet cookies with a rich addictive sesame flavor. This recipe makes 20 little Italian sesame seed cookies.




Servings (adjustable): 20

 Calories: 73


  • 1/4 cup white, hulled sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup mild extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Position an oven rack in the center and preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • On an ungreased cookie sheet, toast the sesame seeds for about 10 minutes, or until golden.
  • Remove cookie sheet from the oven and immediately transfer the sesame seeds to a small plate.
  • In a large bowl mix the flours, sugar, baking powder and salt together and then sift to make sure that everything is well blended.
  • In another bowl, beat the egg and then add the olive oil and vanilla and beat until well blended.
  • Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir and then knead by hand to make a smooth dough. (It will be slightly crumbly, but will hold together.)
  • Pinch of pieces of dough that are about a tablespoon in volume, and then roll them between your hands into fat little logs that are about 1-1/2 inches long and 3/4-inch thick.
  • Roll each log in the sesame seeds, tamping the ends in the seeds to finish them.
  • Lay the cookie logs on the prepared baking sheet about inch apart.
  • Bake in the center of the oven for 30 minutes, until golden.
  • Remove from the oven and place the baking sheet on a rack to cool.
  • These cookies will keep well in a tightly closed tin.

Recipe Notes

This recipe can be easily doubled. Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *2

Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *3

Nutrition FactsItalian Sesame Seed Cookies RecipeAmount Per Serving (1 cookie) Calories 73Calories from Fat 36%

Daily Value*Fat 4g6%

Carbohydrates 8g3%Fiber 1g4%

Protein 1g2%* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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