while terribly easy to make, this recipe takes a little planning in terms of timing and you NEED to read through the whole recipe before starting. i also say that because you have to decide which flavouring you want (to see if you have the ingredients on hand!). these roskitas are very commonly made with anise which is a favoured taste by many people.
the dough for these particular cookies is different from standard cookie doughs in that it needs a full (8 to 10 hour) chilling in order to be workable and will seem a little strange at first in that it will feel a little loose compared to a regular dough. no worries, it works perfectly :) just follow the instructions below and you'll have great cookies. also, don't overcrowd them as they expand while they bake.
roskitas dulses (sweet ka'ak)
sweet sesame rings
makes approx 24 cookies
1/2 c sugar
1 pkg vanilla sugar (2 - 3 tsp)
1/2 c oil (light olive or vegetable)
2 c flour (AP)
1/8 tsp salt, heaped
2 1/2 tsp cornstarch ("maizena")
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 - 3 tsp mazaher (orange flower water) or raki*
1/2 tsp vanilla extract IF you didn't add vanilla sugar
*if using raki, add 1 1/2 - 2 tsp anise (seeds) & omit vanilla
3 - 4 tbsp medium coarsely chopped pistachio nuts (green part only) - optional - this was added if they were made with orange flower water & not anise.
~ 1/2 c sesame seeds (you can also add 1/4 c coarse crystal sugar)
in one bowl, mix the dry ingredients together and set aside.
in another medium sized bowl, mix the eggs & regular and vanilla sugar together. it is best to do this with a electric beater.
add the oil and beat again for a minute or two. it will take on a consistency of lemon pudding.
now add the flour in two or three portions and mix it until it is like a thick paste.
put it (covered) in the fridge overnight or in the early morning and make the cookies in the evening. you cannot skip this step or speed it up. remember: it won't look like a regular cookie dough you are used to seeing.
the next day or later that evening:
preheat oven to 325 F.
take 1/2 c sesame seeds and put them on a plate.
take 1 level tablespoon of dough and roll it out into a "finger" about 4 inches long. put the ends together (they will fuse when they bake) but make sure they are closed (i.e. sticking together). now dip one side into the sesame seeds and place it on your baking tray. i always use parchment paper.
make sure to leave space in between because they will expand!! the best way to do this is measure out 12 pieces and put the other half of the dough back in the fridge. also, if you oil your hands, it is easier but i never do it. as long as the dough is cold, it works well.
bake the cookies for only 18 to 20 minutes. they should only be very lightly browned. remove them and bake the next batch.
now put the oven to its lowest temperature (~ 150F) and bake them for another 20 minutes.
remove from the oven and let cool completely. they should be "duro" (crisp) - but light and crunchy!! these store well for several weeks in a tightly covered cookie jar or in a ziploc.