Sesame Anise Melts

Sesame Anise Melts


"This is an Italian cookie. Shaped in balls and rolled in sesame seeds. Flavored with anise."


servings 211 cals
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Original recipe yields 18 servings



  • Calories:
  • 211 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 13 g
  • 20%
  • Carbs:
  • 21g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 3.3 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Sodium:
  • 55 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt, set aside. In a medium bowl, cream together the lard and sugar. Stir in the egg and anise seeds. Add dry ingredients, mix well. Put the sesame seeds into a shallow bowl or saucer. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, roll them in the sesame seeds to coat. Place them 1 1/2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Flatten the balls slightly using the bottom of a glass.
  3. Bake for 6 to 9 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container.
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  1. 8 Ratings


This recipe is excellent. It combined my love for anise and sesame together. I added one teaspoon and a half of anise extract and also made round flat cookies instead of balls. I have shared ...

These cookies are great! Very crispy and flavorful! I used shortening instead of lard and they were still terrific

When I first read the ingredients I was not too impressed. So I made the first batch to "test" the flavor and WOW was I surprized at how delicious these little cookies were! This is a winner i...

A wonderfully simple cookie with big flavor. Without any other flavors to compete with, the sesame and anise both come through boldly. The only change I made to the recipe was substituting veget...

Except for the anise flavor, these cookies were dry and tasteless. Even my husband, who loves anise and sesame, refused to eat these cookies.

I didn't like the flavor of these AT ALL - however, in all fairness, a couple of people at my work did like them....

this cookie is a family favorite , we brown a little the sesame seeds first, be careful not to over bake. great with coffee. this has been past down threw the generations.

I loved the flavor of these; such a nice simple cookie that can stand by itself with the wonderful flavor of anise and sesame. I too used butter flavor crisco. Only change was to add a tsp of va...