Sesame Seed Butter Cookies

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Sesame Seed Butter Cookie RecipeOne cannot argue that a butter cookie, with its most humble and demure nature, is as pleasant and welcomed on the palate as nectar on the beak of a hummingbird.  Simple and sweet.  If bread is the staff of life, butter cookies make life worth living.  Early on, and long before the arrogant chocolate chip cookie entered my baking repertoire, I was taught about the quick change nature of a butter cookie.  Jelly in the center added sophistication with its fruity tang, while chocolate sprinkles widened the eyes of younger eaters.  Nuts, and a roll in powdered sugar, won them the title of Mexican wedding cookie or Russian tea cake.
Sesame Seed Butter Cookie RecipeMom possessed the skill of a magician and the ingenuity of a professional pastry chef when it came to her baking, although neither were her life’s calling.  As if performing a ‘slight of hand’ trick, she transformed a mixture of butter, flour, sugar, and eggs into a menagerie of bejeweled and adorned cookies.  Many years passed before I realized that each cookie wasn’t its own recipe.  It is appropriate that mothers appear super-human to their children from time to time.  Yes?
Sesame Seed Butter Cookie Recipe

Far and away, the most memorable of my mother’s butter cookies were the ones she enrobed in sesame seeds, a regal garment for a cookie so deserving of royalty.  As I bake a batch of these sesame seed butter cookies,  smells of nutty, buttery sweetness wafting from the oven, I am transported to the kitchen of my youth.  Blue linoleum beneath my feet, white metal cabinets line the walls. Was the stove avocado green or harvest gold?  No matter.  There was more than hearty food and tempting sweets cooked up within that space.  There were memories to last a lifetime.
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3 thoughts on “Sesame Seed Butter Cookies

  1. As much as I love the oh so delicious chocolate chip cookie, I also love a good butter cookie. I love that these cookies are rolled in toasted sesame seeds before baking.

  2. Oh yum! I can’t wait to make these! Growing up with a Mediterranean mom, we ate these and called them Greek cookies. I wish I could drop all my activities today and stay home and bake these! I will have to exercise control until the weekend. Thanks for this recipe.