Queen's biscuits (Biscotti di regina)

    27 minutes

    These are great little sesame biscuits - not too sweet.

    5 people made this

    Serves: 15 

    • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
    • ½ cup (110g) white sugar
    • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
    • pinch salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
    • 125g butter, softened
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 1/2 teaspoon lemon essence (or vanilla essence)
    • 1/4 cup (65ml) milk
    • 1/3 cup (40g) sesame seeds

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:12min  ›  Ready in:27min 

    1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C. Grease a baking sheet or tray.
    2. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cardamom in a large bowl. Rub in the butter in till the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
    3. Stir in the egg, lightly beaten, and add the lemon or vanilla essence. Stir in the milk one tablespoon at a time, mixing after each addition.
    4. Mix everything together thoroughly. Break dough off in small pieces and roll in the hands to rolls about 3cms long. Flatten slightly and roll in sesame seeds.
    5. Place on baking sheet about 2cm apart. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.

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    Interesting twist on the traditional biscotti di regina, my italian aunts were initially very suspicious of the cardamom and thought there was too much lemon extract but I guess it's a matter of taste. Forming these cookies is fairly time consuming so to speed things along a bit I measure out a half cup of dough, gently roll/coax it to a cylinder approx half inch in diameter and cut off 1.5 inch lengths.  -  17 Feb 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    A superb cookie! Should be included in any selection of great traditional Italian cookie presentations. The cardamom,lemon sesame blend is wonderfully subtle.  -  16 Jun 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    My hubby and I love them, so I made a batch for him for Valentine's Day! They're good as is, but I used cream instead of milk this time and switched out half the shortening with butter. They are so good this way! They don't expand very much at all, so you can put quite a few on the cookie sheet. To save yourself time, put about 1/4 of the dough at a time in a ziploc bag and nip the corner, twist the bag opening to make it into a pastry bag then squeeze out to the desired length directly on to the sesame seeds, using a butter knife to cut it. Then just flip the cookie over as you place it on your parchment paper and pop them in the oven. It saves a ton of time and your hands don't get all gooey!  -  21 Nov 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)