Sesame Seed Cookies


Greek Vegan sesame seed cookies are a sweetly scented biscuit reminiscent of moustokouloura and Sicilian sesame seed cookies. Covered in crunchy sesame seeds and delicately spiced they are delicious, easy-to-make and will surely become a favourite at home.

sesame seed spice cookies

A non-traditional European Cookie they are not overly sweet, have a wonderful crunch from the sesame seeds and a fragrant aroma, and inviting flavour from the cinnamon and freshly ground cloves.

I have made this recipe super adaptable.  Easily substitute the orange juice with must or grape juice to make greek moustokouloura.  I have shaped these cookies into rings, so that they resemble the Italian sesame seed cookies also known as Regina Cookies. Whatever your preference, they are super delicious and store well in an air-tight container.

If you have made sesame cookies before and found the sesame seeds to drop off when handled, head over to my tips.  Follow my tip, and the sesame seeds won’t come off!

sesame seed cookies
Yield: 20

Sesame Seed Cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Vegan sesame seed cookies delicately spiced not overly sweet with a wonderful crunch from the sesame seeds.


  • 2/3 cup orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 1/8 tbspn nutmeg
  • 1 tbspn cinnamon
  • 1 tbspn freshly ground cloves
  • 1 tbspn baking powder
  • 1 cup sesame seeds


Prepare sesame seeds as per notes section below.

Mix the orange juice, olive oil and sugar together.

Add the spices and stir through.

Sift the baking powder and flour together.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and with your hands mix, and knead until the dough is soft.

Mix the brown sugar and extra cinnamon together and use it as a topping for the biscuits shape them as you like. I usually sprinkle some of the cinnamon mix onto the bench and roll the dough lightly on to the cinnamon.

Baked on 170 degrees Celsius oven for 25-30 minutes.

Makes approximately 20 biscuits.



The sesame seeds, tend to fall off the cookie once they are cooked and handled. Most recipes don't mention this, but here is a little tip to prevent this common occurance. Do this before you start.

Soak sesame seeds in water for 10-20 minutes.

Strain all the water and dry by placing on a cloth.

Use the sesame seeds normally.

When shaping the dough roll some of the sesame seeds onto dough. Then when you have finished shaping into a ring dip the top side of the cookie into the bowl of soaked and dry sesame seeds. Press down a little. This extra step will help to keep your sesame seeds onto the dough when cooked.


To make moustokouloura substitute orange juice with grape juice or grape must.

If you do not like sesame seeds, omit sesame seeds and substitute with a coating of brown sugar and cinnamon blend.

italian sesame seed cookies


6 Comments Add yours

  1. These biscuits look so good <3

  2. chefkreso says:

    Biscuits sound amazing and scrumptious!

  3. Kip Walkin says:

    Woww! They look so delicious. I wish I could do it some day. Hope it won’t be too difficult.😄😄

  4. Mmmmm, I sure would like to try these😋

  5. Very unique spiced cookies! Love it!❤️

    1. Thank you. Glad you like.

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