Granite Mill Farms sponsored this post, providing their organic sprouted grain flours. Honey Sesame Cookies, soft and full of toasty sesame flavor, are baked with Granite Mill Farms sprouted hard white wheat flour.
Sprouted flour is milled from grain that has been soaked in water until it sprouts. The process of sprouting converts some starches within the grain to vegetable sugars, resulting in a grain that is easier to digest and more nutritious.
For numerous years I have started my day with toast made from Trader Joe's sprouted grain bread. I eat it because it’s lower in carbs and higher in nutrients than traditional grain breads, and makes flavorful, crunchy toast. I had no idea that I could buy sprouted grain flour to add those lower carb/higher nutrient benefits to my home baking.
Granite Mill Farms is a family run business in Montana that produces and sells a wide range of organic, sprouted berries and flours. I decided to enter the world of sprouted grain baking cautiously, choosing to work with sprouted hard white wheat flour, which I read could be used like regular all-purpose flour.
For this baking challenge I wanted a recipe that would highlight the nutty flavor of the grain and the light texture of the flour. Honey Sesame Cookies are exactly what I was looking for.
Soft cookies made with honey sweetened dough get a double dose of sesame flavor from sesame puree (tahini) and sesame seeds. Though these cookies can be made successfully with conventional flour, I found that the cookies made with sprouted wheat flour were especially flavorful and cake-like.
This is a slightly more delicate cookie than I normally recommend for shipping, but Honey Sesame Cookies are so delicious, they are worth a little extra packing care.
The warm toasted sesame flavor in these cookies reminds me of halvah, a sweet sesame candy I grew up loving. This sesame paste and sugar confection is common to an unbelievable number of cultures.
Wikipedia lists South Asia, Central Asia, West Asia, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, the Balkans, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Malta and the Middle East, as places where halvah is enjoyed.
Honey Sesame Cookies get their halvah-like flavor from tahini (sesame seed puree) and sesame seeds. Tahini is carried at many regular supermarkets (often in the “ethnic foods” aisle) and I have seen it at Target ( the Joyva brand in a can) next to the peanut butter.
Honey Sesame Brittle is quick and easy to make. This crunchy candy makes a beautiful and delicious gift.
Benne Wafers are thin sesame cookies that are known for being good luck cookies! Crunchy, chewy and full of toasty flavor.
Italian Sesame Seed Cookies are crunchy, buttery and lightly sweet. They are a great dunking cookie.
Honey Jumbles are a soft, chewy biscuit with spiced honey flavor.
Honey Sesame Cookies
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-4 teaspoons milk
- To roast sesame seeds: Place the sesame seeds in a frying pan over medium heat. Use a spatula to stir the seeds continually until they are golden brown (about 5 minutes). Set aside to cool.
- In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer at high speed, cream together butter and honey. Then add tahini and vanilla. Mix until completely combined.
- Reduce speed of mixer and gradually add flour mixture, beating until incorporated.
- Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (1 hour-overnight).
- WHEN READY TO BAKE: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Use a small, 1 tablespoon scoop to form 1” balls of dough. Roll the balls in the roasted sesame seeds to coat completely. Place on the prepared baking sheet at least 2” apart. These cookies will flatten and spread while baking.
- Bake for about 12 minutes, until the cookies are puffy and golden brown.
- Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
- FOR HONEY GLAZE (OPTIONAL): Mix together the powdered sugar, honey, vanilla, and milk until smooth and a drizzle consistency. Place cookies over wax paper and drizzle with glaze. Allow to set for several hours before storing.
- Layer cookies between wax paper in an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 5 days.
- Do not add the optional glaze to the Honey Sesame Cookies if shipping.
- Layer the cookies in a plastic storage container between sheets of wax paper.
- Be sure to use crumpled wax paper between the top layer of cookies and the lid to keep the cookies from moving at all in transit.
- For extra airtight packing, wrap the storage container in plastic wrap.