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Rich and buttery shortbread with toasty black sesame seeds makes these cookies absolutely sensational!

Black Sesame Shortbread Cookies

  • Author: Little Sweet Baker
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 dozen


The distinct flavor of roasted black sesame seeds and rich-buttery shortbread make these cookies absolutely sensational!


  • 1 cup (227g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (60g) powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup (40g) roasted black sesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick baking mat.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and salt.
  3. Add in the flour and continue to mix until the dough just starts to form. Mix in the sesame seeds until combined.
  4. Dust your rolling pin and countertop with powdered sugar. Roll out the dough to about 1/4″ thick. Use a 3″ round cookie cutter to cut out the cookies and place a dozen cookies on each baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.
  • Category: dessert, snack
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American, Chinese

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