Black Lace Sesame Cookies or Candy
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Yield: Makes about 60 cookies, 30 sandwich cookies and uhh, a lot of candy!
  • 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)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line 2 large baking sheets with a silpat or parchment paper.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 lacy 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.
  4. If you want to make candy instead of cookies, eliminate the flour from the ingredients, then mix and cook as instructed above, but do not bake. Let the batter cool until it's firm enough to roll into a long, thin log, then cut into pieces, or individual balls.
  5. \If you want to roll and fill them as cookies, wrap them around a slender spoon handle as you would a tuile cookie, when they're slightly set but still pliable.
* If making candy, eliminate the flour.
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