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Italian Date Cookies with Sesame Seeds (Biscotti ai Datteri)

An Italian cookie, not too sweet, perfect for coffee or special holiday.
Prep Time1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chocolate chip cookies, Christmas cookies, dates, Italian cake
Servings: 48
Author: Angela Roberts


  • 11 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • pinch fine salt
  • 1 vanilla bean seeds scraped out and reserved or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pitted dates about 8-9
  • 1 3/4 cups plus 3 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds


  • Mix salt and sugar together.
  • Cream sugar, salt with butter until smooth.
  • Add vanilla seeds, egg and dates.
  • Stir in flour, just enough until combined.
  • Divide dough into three logs. Roll each log in the sesame seeds. Wrap in plastic.
  • Freeze for 30 minutes or longer.
  • Slice about 1/4 inch thick.
  • You may need to cover each with plastic and pat down to make even. (see video)
  • Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees, 180 C.
  • Bake rotating pan once halfway through until cookies are golden about 25 minutes.
  • Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool.