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Before his most recent appearance on the show, "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro surprised Rachael by sending her a homemade batch of sesame cookies, which he knows she loves. "I can't stop eating them!" she told later him on air. "I love sesame cookies so much—it's my favorite thing, Buddy. These are delicious." Lucky for us, they are also really easy to make! 


  • 1 ¼ cups vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 3 cups pastry flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups sesame seeds, for rolling cookies


Serves: Makes about 24 cookies


Preheat oven to 350°F. 

In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, then vanilla. Add milk and mix until smooth. Add flours and baking powder and mix until dough forms. 

Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead 10 to 12 times, or until smooth. Divide dough into two portions. Shape each portion into a log. Cut logs into 2-inch pieces. 

Soak the sesame seeds in room temperature water for about 5 minutes, then drain and place on a cookie sheet. Roll cookies around in the sesame seeds and place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. 

Bake until sesame seeds look toasted, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cool and serve.