Anise-Sesame Cookies

sesame cookies


  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon anise seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/3 cup xylitol
  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • ½ teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons slivered almonds


  1. Heat the oil, anise, and sesame seeds in a medium skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the oil has absorbed the flavors, about 5 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Stir in all but 1 tablespoon of the xylitol, and the lemon and orange rinds and juices. Mix the reserved 1 tablespoon of xylitol with the cinnamon and set aside. Stir in the flour, a little at a time, until a thick dough forms; work in the last flour additions with your hands, kneading until smooth. Cover
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 F
  4. Roll the dough between 2 sheets of plastic wrap to ¼ – inch thickness. Cut with a 2- inch round cookie cutter and arrange almond slivers, pressing them in so they adhere, and sprinkle with cinnamon-xylitol mixture. Bake until just starting to brown along the edges, about 12 minutes. Cool 5 minutes on a rack, then remove from the baking sheet and cool completely on the rack.


Nutrition Per Serving

Serving size: (2 cookies)

141 Cal, 6g Fat, 1g Sat Fat, 0mg Chol, 1mg Sod, 20g Carb, 1g Fib, 1g Prot, 10mg Calc.



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