August 2, 2015

A BBQ + Black Sesame Butter Cookies

Today, we had a family BBQ at my auncle's (aunt + uncle's) house.

We also took the opportunity to belatedly celebrate my Uncle Geraldine's birthday, which had passed the week before.

But really, I think it was just an excuse to have ice cream cake.

Not that my uncle's birthday isn't something to celebrate, we had just never done it before.

When we were blowing out the candles on the cake, my uncle asked my aunt for a kiss.

This is what he got:

Aren't my Aunt Joe and Uncle Geraldine adorable?

I love my family.

I meant to take more pictures of the BBQ because my uncle is famous for his BBQ ribs (really, my auncles used to own a BBQ restaurant in Chelsea) but I forgot to bring my camera - story of my life! - so, no pictures.

What I did remember to bring though, was this:

When I found out we were gathering for a family party, I immediately ran to the nearest grocery store to buy ingredients so that I could experiment with some recipes I'd been working on. Rarely do I get the chance to foist test my culinary adventures on other people so when the chance presented itself, I grabbed it greedily.

I'd been working on a sesame cookie recipe for awhile and by awhile, I mean I'd made it once before, and though it tasted awesome -- which surprised me because who makes an edible cookie on the first try? I must be a culinary genius. -- it was a little too dense for my tastes.

This time around, I wanted to try lightening the dough by using a whole egg instead of just the yolk.

I was a little bit nervous about bringing an experimental batch of cookies to my family to taste because they're all restauranteers/chefs/foodie people so I knew they'd be a tough crowd to sell to. But, that means they're also the best crowd to use as my guinea pigs, right? Right.

As soon as I brought the cookies into the house, my cousin pounced on them, and ten minutes later, the cookies were almost gone.

A rousing, positive verdict I'd say.

Even my Uncle Wilhelmina, who is notoriously a "Just OK"-er, gave me two thumbs up.

Though he might've been drunk.

But I'll take it.

Black Sesame Butter Cookies
Makes 20 cookies

  • 8 tablespoons salted butter, preferably European-style butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons black sesame seeds

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, cream butter and sugar.
  3. Add in beaten egg and mix well.
  4. Stir in vanilla and salt.
  5. Pour in flour and combine.
  6. Mix in black sesame seeds.
  7. Using a small scoop, scoop dough onto cookie sheet and flatten with the back of a spoon.
  8. Bake at 350ºF for 20 minutes.

  • If you would like a denser, crumblier cookie, use only 1 egg yolk, discarding the egg white.
  • I used Kerrygold Salted Butter (the gold wrapper).

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