• 300 grams (10.5 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt
  • 100 milliliters (0.42 cups or 3.4 ounces) water
  • 100 milliliters (0.42 cups or 3.4 ounces) vegetable oil
  • 80 grams (2.8 ounces) black sesame seeds
  • egg yolk and cream for greasing (optional)


  • Mixing Bowl

    A large bowl works best to combine all the dry and wet ingredients thoroughly.

  • Whisk

    Use a sturdy whisk to mix the dry ingredients quickly and evenly.

  • Rolling Pin

    Ensure it's lightly floured to avoid sticking when rolling out the dough.

  • Baking Sheet

    A non-stick baking sheet will give your cookies an even bake and make cleanup a breeze.

  • Parchment Paper

    Line your baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent sticking and for easy transfer of cookies.


Step 1

1. Preheat your oven to 356°F (180°C).

Step 2

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.

Step 3

Ensuring even distribution of the baking powder will help the cookies rise evenly.

Step 4

3. Bring the water to a boil and then mix it with the vegetable oil.

Step 5

Boiling the water helps in mixing the dry ingredients more smoothly.

Step 6

4. Add the water-oil mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring until a dough forms. Knead the dough gently but not for too long to avoid making the cookies too dense.

Step 7

Over-kneading can lead to a tough texture.

Step 8

5. Roll out the dough to a 5mm thickness.

Step 9

Using a rolling pin with adjustable thickness bands can help achieve uniform thickness.

Step 10

6. If desired, brush the dough with a mixture of egg yolk and cream for a shiny, golden finish.

Step 11

7. Sprinkle the dough evenly with black sesame seeds.

Step 12

8. Cut the dough into squares using a sharp knife or a pastry cutter.

Step 13

Ensure the squares are even to bake uniformly.

Step 14

9. Place the squares on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Step 15

10. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 16

Keep an eye on the cookies in the last 5 minutes to prevent over-baking.

Step 17

11. Allow the cookies to cool on a wire rack.

Step 18

12. Enjoy your delicious homemade cookies!


Serving & Presentation Ideas: Elevate Your Cookie Game!

Pair these delightful black sesame cookies with a cozy cup of green tea or a refreshing glass of iced almond milk 🥛. The subtle, nutty flavor of sesame seeds complements the mild bitterness of green tea, offering a balanced and satisfying treat.

For a unique twist, serve the cookies slightly warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The contrast of textures—warm, crumbly cookies with cold, creamy ice cream—is irresistibly divine 🍨.

Planning a get-together? Arrange the cookies on an elegant platter and drizzle with a bit of melted chocolate for an extra touch of luxury. For added crunch and aesthetic, sprinkle some extra black sesame seeds on top 🥢. Your guests will be in awe of your baking prowess!


Variations: Gluten-Free and Vegan Options ❤️

Going gluten-free? Swap out the wheat flour with 300g of gluten-free all-purpose flour. Make sure to use a blend that includes xanthan gum or another binding agent to mimic the elasticity of gluten.

For a vegan version, simply replace the egg yolk used for greasing with a bit of non-dairy milk like almond milk or oat milk 🥛. This substitute works beautifully, giving your cookies the same golden-brown finish.

When it comes to oil, ensure you're using a neutral-tasting oil like sunflower or grapeseed. These options keep the cookies' original flavor intact while keeping them plant-based 🌿.


  • Why are my cookies hard and not soft?

    Make sure not to over-knead the dough. Overworking it can make the cookies dense and hard.

  • How do I prevent the dough from sticking when rolling it out?

    Lightly flour both your rolling pin and work surface to prevent sticking.

  • Can I use butter instead of vegetable oil?

    Yes, you can use melted butter. It will give the cookies a richer flavor.

  • How can I ensure my cookies are evenly baked?

    Arrange your cookies in the center of the oven and use a baking sheet to ensure even heat distribution.

  • Can I add other seeds or nuts?

    Absolutely! You can mix in sunflower seeds or chopped nuts to add extra texture and flavor.

  • How do I store leftover cookies?

    Keep them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week or freeze them for up to three months.

Nutrition facts

Black sesame lean cookies
Recipe Yield:15-20 cookies
Calories:70-90 calories per cookie
Calories (Min - Max):70 - 90
Total Fat:4.5g
Saturated Fat:0.5g
Total Carbohydrate:8.5g
Total Sugars:1g