Easter Menu Dessert: Zesty Sesame Shortbread Cookies

Nigerian shortbread cookies

Easter Menu Ideas

Greetings blog family, sorry for the delay in putting up a new post, I have been pretty busy for awhile now. However, I’m glad to be back, and I do have new recipe posts coming up.Happy Easter to you in arrears. I hope that you all enjoyed the long Easter break resting at home with family and friends. As for me, Easter was quite busy and eventful, as. I spent most of my time doing one of the things I love to do….cooking ! It is one way that I express love to those around me, and this Easter season and my church’s anniversary provided me another wonderful opportunity to do so.

From the different dishes we had at church, I have chosen to put up recipes of 3 dishes as a potential Easter menu for anyone who might be looking for future Easter menu ideas. So starting now, I’ll begin putting recipe posts for the 3 dishes that I have selected as this year’s Easter menu.This three dishes can make a three course meal; a starter/appetizer, a main dish, and dessert.

Easter Menu Dessert: Zesty Sesame Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies 1

If you were in a Nigerian primary/secondary school during the 90’s, then you most probably came across these shortbread cookies…ring any bells yet?

photo credits: scottishcountryshop.com

I ‘m still in love with these cookies, and can finish a whole packet in one day.Well, you can’t imagine how ecstatic I was when I realized that I could make my own shortbread cookies in the comfort of my home. Though, they may not look as professional as the “Walker” shortbread, they definitely taste as good and I have adapted the typical shortbread by adding some sesame seeds and “orange zest” which had been used in a “shortbread wedges” recipe in one of my cookbooks. I made these shortbread cookies this Easter and I’m glad they turned out well.

Believe me when I say that this is one very easy dessert to make. It takes about 10 mins to prepare and requires little physical labour on your part. The orange zest gives the cookies a nice tangy taste that compliments the crunchy sesame seeds.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salted butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange/lemon zest (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds/poppy seeds (optional)
  • *If you use unsalted butter, then you can add 1/2 a teaspoon of salt*


  1. To get your orange zest, I would suggest using an orange that is orange or orange-yellow. After washing the fruit, use a grater to remove the coloured outer skin, but not the bitter inner white pith.

  2. In a cake mixer or food processor, combine the butter, flour, and icing sugar and mix until the batter forms moist clumps (you can also use your hands, which I did)

  3. Then add your grated orange zest and seeds and process/mix just for a few seconds

  4. Then using a rolling stick,roll out the dough evenly, after which you can use a cookie cutter of your choice to form cookie pieces

  5. Preheat your oven to 300-350C depending on how hot your oven can get, and then line your baking tray with parchment paper or smear some butter on the tray to prevent cookies from sticking to tray

  6. Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the cookies are baked

  7. Serve with cold yogurt or iced tea . I served mine with vanilla yogurt…it was sweetly satisfying.
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    What you’ll need
    Getting ready to mix/process


    Mixing commences
    Mixing commences
    Grating the orange skin


    Orange zest and sesame seeds
    Orange zest and sesame seeds
    Dough ready to go
    Dough ready to go


    Ready to bake

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