Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sesame Seed Snaps

If you read my story about Swedish Chocolate Balls you know that most Swedish kids only eat candy on Saturdays, if you missed it here is the story.  Because I was one of those kids (never had a cavity either).  However, I always tried to get treats during the other days.  My mother never gave in but what she used to give me were these Sesame Seed Snaps.  Remember these?

As I kid I had them all the time.  I even get these today but they are not as easy to find anymore.

I think you can find these almost everywhere, when I lived in South Korea we used to even get them there, they are also everywhere in Europe.  In Italy they call them “Cubbaita di Giugiulena” and in India they are called “Tul Chikki,” and in Swedish we call these “Sesamkakor.”

Do you have a childhood memory of these or am I the only one that ate these as a kid?

If you have never tried them I highly recommend making these, they are so easy and quick. The recipe is adapted from Gourmet Traveller.

Don’t forget to sign up for the  “Double Delicious! Good, Simple Food for Busy, Complicated Lives” by Jessica Seinfeld giveaway right here before  Friday, 1/21 at 11:59 p.m. PDT!

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Sesame Seed Snaps

Yield: 25 peices

Prep Time: 10 minutes


1½ cups sesame seeds
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup honey


Combine ingredients in a large heavy-based saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally, over low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches 320F on a candy thermometer.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Pour mixture into sheet and smooth top. Allow to cool slightly, using a sharp knife, cut into pieces. Let cool completely, and then break into pieces.  Will keep in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Adapted from: Gourmet Traveller

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46 Responses to “Sesame Seed Snaps”

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    Roberta — January 19, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

    These are lovely. And I bet they are delicious too. So easy to make.

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    Janell Beals — January 20, 2011 @ 5:36 am

    I missed the story about candy only on Saturdays, but I find it interesting as growing up we got to have a candy bar on Saturdays only as well! (My mother is part Swedish, so I’m wondering if this came from her childhood. I’m going to ask!) These bars look delishhhhhh…:)

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    Carolyn Jung — January 20, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    I’ve loved these when I’ve bought them in stores. But I bet they are even better when made at home. They look like they’d make great hostess gifts, too — a little something different from the usual cookies.

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    Paige — January 20, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    These look like the perfect mid-day snack for when I am dragging at work. Can’t wait to try them. Thanks 🙂

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    HollyL — January 20, 2011 @ 11:57 am

    Wow these look amazing!! : ) YUM

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    IslandEAT — January 20, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    Hi, Ewa. I remember these treats, too, from my grandmother, but I never knew how easy they are to make at home! This is something I’d definitely like to make.

    Thanks for the recipe,


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    sonia — January 20, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    Awesome Sesame seed snaps !

    Its so healthy and quick to make. Great recipe !

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    Heather Davis — January 20, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

    I never ate them as a kid but you can get them all over the supermarkets here in England. My kids like them as their treat in their lunch boxes. I will definitely have to try making them sometime. They look so authentic!

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    Deanna — January 21, 2011 @ 2:57 am

    I know now just what I’m going to do with the loads of sesame seeds in my pantry! They look wonderful!

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    Cajun Chef Ryan — January 21, 2011 @ 6:04 am

    Yeah, now that you have shared the recipe, we no longer have to buy them with all those preservatives and such.

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — January 21, 2011 @ 6:11 am

    Yes I do remember eating sesame seed candy when I was a kid, and I still do in fact! If I had realized how easy it was to make myself I would have been doing that all along. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Splendid Willow — January 21, 2011 @ 6:21 am

    Your Mom must have been very health concious! I believe we dould only get them in small, organic Moms and Pops shops in Sweden back then!

    I need to tweet about your giveaway!

    Warm hugs to you my friend.


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    Tami — January 21, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    You have just made my day! I remember these so well. They used to be in big bins by the cash register at Safeway when I was a kid. I think they are still near the cash register these days, but not in the big bins anymore. When I was a kid and went grocery shopping with my Mom she would always let me have a package. I remember have they would get stuck to the plastic wrapper and how I would use my teeth to help they break apart from eachother. I remember their taste so well. I’m so making these! Thanks!

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    sooze — January 22, 2011 @ 10:27 pm

    Reading about you eating the Seasame treats as a child brought back memories from my childhood. Those were treats that my mom gave me (and my sister) my mom and I would walk to the store and on the trip back home she and I would share a package, sometimes she would put some in our school lunches. I’ll have to try your recipe, and treat my mom, she will love it.

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    pierre — January 23, 2011 @ 6:58 am

    i just love these sticky bonbons!!
    Pierre de Paris

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    Kate — January 23, 2011 @ 7:47 am

    These sesame snaps remind me of something my grandmother brought back from Israel when I was a child. Yummy! I have awarded you a Stylish Blogger Award. Please check it out

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    Privet and Holly — January 23, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    I missed the give away deadline,
    but so glad that I didnt’ miss this
    recipe….I DO remember having
    something like this, as a child….
    Can’t wait to try them out on my
    own children! I can see why your
    mother approved: they do seem
    healthier than most candy type
    of treat. Thank you!
    xx Suzanne

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    Alexandra — January 23, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    No, you are not the only one. 🙂 I remember getting these as treats from my mother *almost* every time we went to town together, when I was a kid. I loved them. The sesame seeds have a certain “bite” to them, a special nutty flavor that is wonderful with the sugary crispness.

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    cesibon — February 7, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

    I love sesame chips! Except when they are welded together in the package-makes it hard to share :}
    I am trying your recipe today!

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    Ellen — November 27, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    I would like to try your Sesame Seed Snaps. Do I need to roast sesame seed for this recipe?


    • Delishhh replied: — November 27th, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

      No you do not – i did not roast them. However on my sesame seed package it does say toast if you want a more nutty flavor so i am sure you could if you wanted to. Let me know how it goes.

      • Ellen replied: — November 28th, 2011 @ 8:03 pm

        Thank you for your replying. I made it with roasted sesame seed. It is very good.

        It took long time for sugar to reach 320F, but I really like result of sesame snaps.

        Next time I try to use no roasted sesame seed. My problem is that it is difficult to remove snaps from pan even if I greased pan.


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    Shannon | JustAsDelish — January 4, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

    I love these sesame seed snack, especially with black sesame. don’t the sticky mixture stick to the parchment paper?
    Also how to cut them so nicely? I always have problems cutting muesli bars, they fall apart everywhere!

    • Delishhh replied: — January 5th, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

      Shannon – i did have some sticking to the parchment paper the first time so i used wax paper the next time and all worked out fine. These do not fall apart at all like muesli bars – these are much harder so you should have no problems cutting them. Let me know how it goes.

      • Shannon | JustAsDelish replied: — January 13th, 2012 @ 5:38 am

        I just posted about this recipe, they turn out so good but a bit hard because I think I overheat the mixture (no candy thermometer). I used aluminium foil, it did stick a bit maybe because I pressed down a bit too hard to the foil… haha. my family loves them. Thanks so much!

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    Ana Shelly — March 10, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

    Black sesame looks grate. 🙂 I would like to try your new sesame seed snack it looks different and yum. I already try black sesame one that is why I did not pick black to try. Thanks mate!

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    Rain — October 21, 2012 @ 11:00 am


    I made these but they went kinda chewy. I used a candy thermometer so Im not sure why they did not go crunchy…:-( does anyone know why???

    • Delishhh replied: — October 25th, 2012 @ 9:08 am

      Rain, they are supposed to be crispy/chewy. But were they ONLY chewy?

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    Andrea — January 13, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

    So excited to try this recipe! I only have sesame seeds non hulled. Will they still work?

    • Delishhh replied: — January 17th, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

      Andrea – yes they will. Let me know how they turn out.

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    Andrea — January 17, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

    So I made them- I used unhulled seeds. I roasted the seeds on 350 for 10 minutes or so. I also used brown sugar, and added 2 Tbs butter. They were awesome, my kids gobbled them up. Next time I think I’ll just do straight honey and see how we like them. I’ve also made honey taffy by boiling straight honey to a soft ball stage- letting it cool a bit, then pulling until taffy like. This would be fun to try with sesame seeds in the taffy-

    Great recipe- thanks so much!

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    delina — March 19, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    i cannot figure out how you get to 320 degrees on low temp,,,I am at 220 and its boiling,,,

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    Rhonda — October 7, 2013 @ 11:06 am

    Oh my. So yummy! I just made them and they turned out great.

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    Dahlila — January 5, 2014 @ 10:35 pm

    One question. I am Paleo and am wondering if there was any way to substitute the sugar or remove it completely?

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    Sarah — August 7, 2014 @ 3:09 pm

    These bars are delicious me and my friend made them after school as a snack and they are wonderful we couldn’t stop eating them. Thanks for the wonderful recipie

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    rui — April 7, 2016 @ 3:59 am


    I have made sesame snaps before but one of the problem is that they get sticky after a couple of days. I would like to keep the snaps brittle and hard for months. Is that your reason why you said “keep in an airtight container for up to two weeks2”.



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    Gem (breakfastandsalads) — November 18, 2016 @ 7:22 pm

    I love sesame and the many health benefits it has. I recently made a batch of Matcha Coconut Sesame Snaps. Super delicious, Vegan and easy! And it gives me energy as a pre or post workout snack 🙂

    If you are interested, head over to my blog for the recipe:

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