Gluten-Free Greek Sesame Rings Recipe
The aroma of Greek sesame rings baking instantly puts a smile on my face. When I was a little girl, I would sit on my father’s lap and dunk these into his black coffee whilst he quietly read The Greek Herald. I loved helping mum roll the cookie dough and creating a mess in the kitchen.
The combination of cinnamon, orange zest, and ouzo (a Greek anise-flavored liquor, similar to sambuca) creates a beautiful aromatic biscuit. These are not overly sweet, so they are perfect for afternoon tea and coffee. Hopefully, you’ll now create some beautiful ‘dunking’ memories with your own family!
- ½ pound unsalted butter , room temperature
- 1 cup raw sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ouzo
- 3 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- Zest and juice of 1 orange
- 1 large egg , beaten
- Sesame seeds , for sprinkling
- Demerara or turbinado sugar , for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
In a mixer, beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg, vanilla, and ouzo, and beat to combine. Add all dry ingredients, orange zest, and orange juice. Mix until just combined.
Roll a small ball of dough into a log and twist to create a circle. Pinch end to seal. Continue until all the dough is used; you should have about 30 cookies.
Brush with beaten egg. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and demerara sugar.
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.
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