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Italian Sesame Seed Cookies
Frances Aiello Giamona


     8 cups of flour
     4 large eggs or 6 small eggs
     1 1/2 cups shortening
     4 oz. sesame seeds (or more)
     2 1/2 cups sugar
     4 t. baking powder
     1 t salt
     1 t. vanilla
     milk as needed 


     1. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
     2. In a separate bowl, beat eggs with vanilla
     3. Cut shortening into dry ingredients.
     4. Add egg mixture and enough milk to make a soft dough.
     5. Take small portion of dough at a time and roll into long ropes.
     6. Sprinkle sesame seeds on a board and roll ropes through the seeds.
     7. Cut on the diagonal about every two inches.
     8. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.