Greek Sesame Cookies - Pasteli
Try this lovely delicate sesame bars for your holiday table and enjoy them with a hot chocolate or cup of freshly brewed coffee.
Recipe type: Cookie
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 15-18 bars
  • 2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup honey
First Flavor
  • ½ cup miniature chocolate chips
  • ½ cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
Second Flavor
  • ½ cup crystallized ginger, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped
  1. Toast the sesame seeds in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Or place in a frying pan and toast on medium heat until golden.
  2. Combine the toasted seeds with the honey in a heavy saucepan and bring slowly to 280 F (light crack stage) on a candy thermometer.
  3. This takes around 10 minutes and the mixture should be golden brown. Be careful not to burn.
  4. Optional: Add the flavor of your choice and stir gently, keeping a few pieces topping.
  5. Pour the mixture onto a large silpat or buttered pan.
  6. Flatten with a wooden spoon to ¼- 1/2 -inch thickness.
  7. Cut into bars with a sharp knife about 2x4 inches and allow to cool.
  8. Wrap individually or store in wax paper..
The flavors are optional. Continue with the recipe with the honey and seeds for a traditional cookie.
Recipe by California Greek Girl at