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Simsim/Sesame Cookies (Baksum)

Crispy Simsim/Sesame Cookies, known as Baksum in the Middle East.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 86kcal
Author: Hilda Sterner


  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup oil
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • tsp. vanilla
  • cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cardamom (optional)
  • ½ cup sesame seeds


Preheat oven to 375-degree F

  • Beat eggs using a mixer. Add oil and vanilla, then mix until combined. Add sugar and mix until smooth.
  • Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and cardamom (if using) into a medium-sized bowl then gradually add to the wet ingredients while the mixer is running on low.
  • Form approximately 1 tablespoon of dough into finger-shaped/sized logs. Roll the logs in the sesame seeds, to coat on all sides. 
  • Arrange the logs on parchment-lined cookie sheets, allowing room for expansion. Gently flatten with your hand. 
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until golden in color. Enjoy with tea!


  • Various oils can be used to make simsim sesame cookies. This includes olive oil, butter, and coconut oil. I've also used peanut oil, which gives them a nutty flavor.
  • These cookies can be formed into different shapes. This includes being braided into ropes, shaped into circles, or small doughnuts.
  • Cardamom isn't always included, but totally works in this recipe, so if you love cardamom, here's another way to use it.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g