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Italian Sesame Seed Cookies/ Biscotti Regina, a classic Italian treat, so crunchy and lemony. These authentic Italian cookies are so easy to make.
4.82 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert, Tea Time
Cuisine Italian
Servings 30 COOKIES


  • ½ cup sesame seeds roasted
  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 120 g butter softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon zest grated
  • 8 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp honey


  • Take a wide pan and add the sesame seeds. Roast the seeds over low heat, stirring all the time till they just begin to pop.
  • Remove the roasted sesame seeds from the pan onto a plate. Allow the seeds to cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Line baking trays with parchment paper or grease it lightly with butter.
  • Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
  • Add sugar, honey and butter into another mixing bowl.
  • Cream the mixture till it becomes light and fluffy.
  • Add milk and lemon zest and mix till the milk is completely incorporated into the butter sugar mixture.
  • Add the flour mixture. Using you hand make a soft dough.
  • Take about a tablespoon of the cookie dough and roll it into a shape of yoru choice. You can make them round, logs or square.
  • I shaped them into logs about 2 inches in length.
  • Brush the logs very lightly with milk all over.
  • Roll each long in the sesame seeds till they are fully coated.
  • Arrange the cookies in a baking tray, an inch apart.
  • Bake the cookies for 20-25 minutes. I baked them for 20 minutes at 180°C and then lowered the temperature to 150°C for the last five minutes.
  • Remove the baked cookies from the oven.
  • Remove them from the tray and allow the cookies to cool on a wire rack.
  • Store in an airtight contianer or jar.
  • Serve the cookies for dessert or with coffee, tea or milk.


  • I've used wheat flour. You can replace it with all purpose flour.
  • Make sure you roast the sesame seeds for that lovely nutty crunchy taste.
  • Replace milk with an egg if you wish.
  • Add flavoring of your choice. 
  • You can omit honey, but it adds a lovely flavour to the cookies.
Keyword Biscotti Regina Recipe, Italian Sesame Seed Cookies Recipe