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Sesame Cookies Recipe

These cookies truly melt in your mouth! They're shaped like snowballs and tossed in powdered sugar to give them a wintery finish. The cookie dough comes together in a flash, and only requires TWO steps to make!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 52 minutes
Servings: 30 cookies (approx.)


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar, plus more for rolling the baked cookies (about 1 cup more)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 & 1/4 cups raw or toasted pecans, a mixture of ground and finely chopped * see notes
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)


  • In a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup of powdered sugar, salt, and pecans. Mix to combine.
  • Add your butter and vanilla to the dry ingredients. Mix and mash together until you get a soft dough. I find it easiest to do this step by hand.
  • Cover and chill the dough for 30 minutes to help prevent overspreading when you bake the cookies.
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Uncover your chilled dough, and pinch off 1 tablespoon sized portions. Roll the portions into smooth balls, and arrange on your baking sheet, leaving about 1/2 an inch space between each ball of dough for air to circulate.
  • Bake in the center of your preheated 350°F oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottom and lightly browned along the edges.
  • Cool the cookies for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, or until cool enough to handle. Then, toss the cookies in powdered sugar to coat the outside. It helps to use a fork for this step.
  • Arrange the cookies on a wire rack and set aside to cool completely to room temperature before serving. If you find the sugar has melted, you can give the cookies another light toss in powdered sugar to freshen them up.


* For the nuts, I like to use a mixture of finely ground and coarser pieces. The finely ground nuts add a strong nutty flavor, while the roughly chopped nuts give the cookie some added texture! I grind the pecans myself in my food processor. 
You can use raw or toasted nuts in this recipe. Toasted nuts will have a deeper and more complex flavor. But raw nuts taste perfectly amazing as well.
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