I love sesame in all forms, whether it be in seeds, oils, pastes, body lotions, face masks, etc. While mulling over whether to order General Tso’s or sesame chicken from Chinese take-out the other night, I decided to go with the former and save the sesame for sweet, as in those crunchy honey sesame candies I’m sure you’ve all had at some point in your lives.
I started surfing the web to find a good recipe for those yummy treats, my most fond memory being grabbing handfuls and handfuls of them from the jar they were kept in at a local penny candy store when I was a child. So, about 5 billion results for this candy came up, but the first one to catch my eye was actually a cookie at Epicurious.com. Remember, it had to be a simple recipe I could fit into my 1980’s hand me down electric fondue pot, since I still can’t stand at the stove and cook, and this one fit the bill. OK, now we’re making cookies..or are we??
The candies may not be pretty, and most would think they’re some kind of black licorice, but they’re really, really tasty!
Here’s the deal, the batter for these cookies (minus the flour) firms up and can be cut into delicious candies which taste exactly like those penny candy store honey sesame candies. albeit softer and chewier. However, I decided to use most of the batter for the cookies, adding my own twist to them by using black sesame seeds and adding a little five spice powder to the cooked batter. Sandwiching some of them with white chocolate ginger ganache didn’t hurt, nor did rolling some of them into cigars and little cannoli like tubes (while they were still warm and pliable; the duration a little longer than the tuile cookie) then filling them with white chocolate and dark chocolate mousses, hurt either!
If you love sesame, these are the cookies for you. Not only are they gorgeous and versatile, but they’re light and crispy sesame goodness, or soft and chewy sesame candy that more than rivals those crunchy candy store memories.
Before I post the recipe for these amazing cookies, I must brag about my award. Sometimes the things you least expect in life come knocking on your door. In this case, one came knocking at my blog. I received an award. I never thought my scrappy little blog would attract anything more than a few comments, but lo and behold, Angela, from A Spoonful of Sugar thought of my blog when passing on the Triple Award. Thank you so much, Angela! I’m incredibly flattered and more than honored to pass it on!`
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- Marika of Madcap Cupcake
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- Rivka of Not Derby Pie
- Monica of The Sour Plum
- Lisa of La Mia Cucina
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- Lisa of A Blog About Food
- Lisa of I Must Have A Lot of Time on my Hands
- Jenny of Jenny Bakes
- Ruth of Adventures in Amateur Baking & Cooking
- John of Eat4Fun
- Esther of The Lilac Kitchen
- Lesley of Gourmand or Gourmet
- A and N of Delectably Yours
It’s a long list, but believe me, there are a thousand more I’d love to pass this on to. However, I want to keep this entry a little more brief than my last one! Hmmm..it’s close!
Black Sesame Lace Cookies
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 cup black sesame seeds
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour *
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon 5-spice powder (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line 2 large baking sheets with a silpat or parchment paper.
- In a 1-quart heavy saucepan (or electric fondue pot lol) bring confectioners' sugar, butter, honey, and water to a boil over moderate heat, stirring, and boil 1 minute. Remove pan from heat and stir in sesame seeds, flour, 5-spice powder (if using), and a pinch salt, until mixture is combined well. Cool batter to room temperature.
If you want your cookies super lacy like the photo of the lone cookie above, don't let the batter set to the point where you can roll it into balls cleanly or form it into candy. You want to start spooning ½ teaspoonfuls hot, soupy batter onto the cookie sheet after cooling about 1 minute. Since the batter will start to firm as you spoon it onto the cookie sheet, keep warming it up so it remains kind of soupy, and continue to do so every time it starts to firm as you drop the batter.
- For less lacy cookies, roll level ½ teaspoons of the cooled batter into balls and arrange 4 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake cookies in batches in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, 7-8 minutes, (4 to 5 minutes if you used soupy batter for extra lacey cookies) or until cookies are flat and golden or in this case,sort of golden in between the black sesame seeds. Transfer parchment with cookies to racks to cool.
- If you want to make candy instead of cookies, eliminate the flour from the ingredients, then mix and cook as instructed above. Let the batter cool until it's firm enough to roll into small logs or balls.