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Organic sesame cookies kissed with chocolate!

Written by Nazarina on September 16th, 2009

Hi everyone!

( old blog www.giddygastronome.blogspot.com)

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my family and friends here and more  importantly abroad, a very happy and Blessed Eid Mubarak, be it on Sunday or Monday! It is during this time that I especially miss my Mom and Grandmother who made this momentous occasion so very special! I shall never forget!

To my brother and sister in South Africa, I wish you were here to be able to celebrate with us on Sunday! “Ek mis die ou dae, toe ons klein was en presente gekry het van ons ouers!!!Meestal mis ek vir Moeder!!!!

A tea convivial

There is nothing more healing than setting a convivial atmosphere for a tea ceremony. The  clinking of  pretty tea cups,  pinkie pointing upward,  congenial chatter and not forgetting those deliriously good confections are all part of this ambiance and mostly enjoyed by women, I might add! If ever you have shared this “frivolous female fetish”  ( as my sweetie puts it)  with me, then we are obviously best buds! Nevertheless, whoever,  comes to my door, there is always a cuppa waiting for ya! As a matter of fact, I even went as far as introducing this ritual to my friends at the yearly camping get- togethers.  Now, even they  remind me of the confections and the “Rooibos tee”, please! as if I would ever  forget!

After years of soul searching, I have rationalized that these very tea ceremonies are what give me my cheery disposition! LOL!

Buttery sesame cookies embraced by dark chocolate


Sometimes, I have my ” Rooibos tee”  with a spot of milk and other times with a slice of orange or lemon.

They say that one’s character is reflected in one’s  food and here I  put my own spin on this recipe by taking   some seemingly  disparate ingredients and made it work to give you a little nutty,  orangy, crispy, creamy, buttery  cookie.


Sesame cookie Recipe: (Please use organic ingredients when possible)

  1. 4 oz unsalted organic butter
  2. 2/3 cup organic brown sugar less 1 tablespoon
  3. 1 T organic orange marmalade
  4. 1 t ground ginger
  5. 1 t cinnamon
  6. 1/2 t cardamom
  7. pinches of ground nutmeg, clove
  8. 2 organic egg yolks
  9. 1 t orange zest
  10. 1 t pure vanilla extract
  11. 1 t pure orange extract or orange flower water( I used the latter)
  12. 1 1/2 c organic all purpose flour
  13. 7 pkgs  sesame snaps( picture below)
  14. Lindt intense orange dark chocolate


Pre-heat the oven to 225 degrees

Beat the butter, sugar, marmalade  and all the spices until creamy ( there has to be no sugar bits). Add the egg yolks and continue beating until incorporated. Add the zest and all the extracts and incorporate and lastly fold in the flour. The dough has to be  soft. Refrigerate the dough for half an hour, roll out to about quarter inch and then just use the sesame snap as a guide as I did and cut out cookies with a sharp knife. Bake the cookies on a silpat or parchment for about 12 mins, remove from the oven, top with a sesame snap. Remember to adjust the size of the cookie to the sesame snap at this point, especially since the cookie is still hot and soft. Place  back in the oven for three mins, just so that the sesame snap has fused with the cookie. When the cookies are cooled, dip in melted dark chocolate and enjoy! Yields about 25 cookies,


Thanks for stopping by!

Much love,


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18 Comments so far ↓

  1. Really they’re mind-boggling cookies just perfect for my sweet tooth 🙂



  2. SomaNo Gravatar says:

    You do come up with the most beautiful things! with the very unique ingredients. Love the orange blossom water, I could just leave the cap open & have the aroma all over my home:-) can imagine them in the cookie.

  3. ochikeronNo Gravatar says:

    I love sesame cookies, but I love yours very much!!!

    Your presentation is always perfect and beautiful!!!

    I love Lindt Chocolat! How appetizing!!!

  4. Lubna KarimNo Gravatar says:

    Belated wishes to u too…May AllahTala grant u r wish soon and may u meet u r siblings soon….How r fasts going on dear? Love those drool worthy cookies…..appetizing pics…

  5. Just saw the picture on your old site, and now glad to find a recipe for these scrumptious looking cookies! Excellent!

  6. JulianaNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, these sesame cookies look so yummie! Love the spices in it, I am sure that must be full of flavors.
    By the way, thank you for visiting my site 🙂

  7. KarineNo Gravatar says:

    These cookies look crunchy and delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. VegetationNo Gravatar says:

    Nazarina, thank you so much for your sweet message on my blog post 🙂 Of course I visit your blog! Your food is so beautiful and delicious no matter what my dietary preferences (and I can still appreciate that meat can look attractive and tasty :)).

    These cookies look absolutely fabulous. I just <i>have</i> to try them! I love orange blossom water but never know what to make with it so I love that these use it!

  9. Jo A. T.B.No Gravatar says:

    Hi Nazarina,

    I see you excel at your favorite meal course, DESSERT! I never heard of rooibos tea, is it sold here! I love teas and have since started to drink green tea! Is this also a part of your religious ceremony!

    As usual your photos and recipes are lovely, and enticing. Your cookies seem health conscious with the sesame snaps! I only wish I could indulge! I do indulge in lindt dark chocolates ocassionally!

    Do you have some recipes for diet conscious folks like me, who must abstain from all the calories! I’m sure you’ve much up your sleeve!

    Hey I sent you an email awhile back, I assuming since there was not response you didn’t get it or you may be too busy! Just know I’ve been trying to keep in touch, maybe my emails are going in your junk folder!@ Nothing important!

    Hope all is going well with your book! Many Hugs ~ Jo

  10. TeresaNo Gravatar says:

    Nazarina, what delectable cookies. I can hardly wait to try them out. The pictures are beautiful too.

  11. isaNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, these cookies sounds so delicious! Beautiful presentation and gorgeous pictures.
    Very tempting.

  12. yasmeenNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Naz,Eid Mubarak to you.At home away from Home I miss my family too this Eid.

  13. Eidul Fitr Mubarak to you and family Nazarina!

  14. BarbaraNo Gravatar says:

    Those cookies look scrumptious, Nazarina, and as usual, a gorgeous presentation. You are so creative.

  15. JoNo Gravatar says:

    Yum! Beautiful 🙂

  16. chayaNo Gravatar says:

    I love all your photographs. They are stunning.

  17. chayaNo Gravatar says:

    I have never made or eaten a sesame cookie – I have truly been deprived. Time to fix that. Thanks for this recipe.

  18. Amiel says:

    Dessert! I just love desserts! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    Anyway, what is Eid Mubarak? Thanks again!

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