In the Sparta region of Greece during the holidays you will find people eating these cookies. You don't have to live in Greece to enjoy them, though. I think they would be a great ending for your favorite Chinese entree along with or instead of a fortune cookie (see Cookie Recipe #18).
Ingredients: 2/3 cup sesame seeds, 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup butter, softened, 2 eggs, 4 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup water.
Instructions: In small frypan, heat sesame seeds over medium heat, stirring frequently, until light brown (watch carefully-they burn easily); remove from heat and allow to cool some. In medium mixing bowl, combine sugar, butter and eggs until fluffy; stir in half of the toasted sesame seeds. Mix flour, baking powder and salt together in bowl, then add alternately with water to sugar mixture. Mix well; cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours (or overnight).
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough on lightly floured surface to 1/8 inch thickness. With a sharp knife, cut into 2 1/2 " x 3/4" strips. Press one side of strip into remaining sesame seeds, then fold one end over at right angle to other end, forming a bowknot. Place on ungreased baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake until light brown, 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven; allow to cool a couple of minutes before transferring to cooling racks.
Makes about 9 dozen sesame strips.
(Betty Crocker's Cookie Book published by Golden Press, New York, 1981)