Buddy Valastro's Sesame Cookies
- 1 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 cups pastry flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 cups sesame seeds, for rolling cookies
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until combined.
Add eggs, one at a time, then vanilla. Add milk and mix until smooth.
Add flours and baking powder; mix until dough forms.
Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; knead 10-12 times or until smooth. Divide dough into portions. Shape each portion into a log. Cut logs into 2-inch pieces.
Soak the sesame seeds in room temperature water for about 5 minutes, then drain and place on a cookie sheet.
Roll cookies around in the sesame seeds and place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets.
Bake until sesame seeds look toasted. Cool and serve.
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