1. Prep the oven and cookie sheets. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. and
lightly grease two cookie sheets. [I prefer to line two large
cookie sheets with Silpat liners]
2. Sift together into a bowl the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in with a pastry blender or with two knives the shortening until
pieces are the size of small peas.
3. Mix in eggs, vanilla extract and milk one tablespoon at a time until
dough is soft and well mixed thoroughly. (Unlike many recipes this recipe does
not require overnight refrigeration of dough, but keep the remaining dough
refrigerated while rolling the cookies out. Although we typically make the
full patch at once you can refrigerate the dough at this step to finish at a
4. Divide the dough into small pieces and roll each piece between the palms of
your hands to form rolls about 1-1/2-in in length. Flatten rolls slightly,
and roll in sesame seeds. (Although some recipes require toasting sesame seeds,
we do not recommend it for this recipe.)
7. Place on sesame seed cookies on cookie sheets, spaced about 3/4-in apart. Bake
for 12 to 15 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned.
Makes 6 dozens cookies.