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2 sticks butter, softened

½ cup vegetable shortening

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

4 teaspoons baking powder

pinch of baking soda

6 cups sifted all-purpose flour

Milk or beaten egg

Sesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter, shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, and 3 cups flour. Beat until well blended.
  3. Stir in remaining flour or enough to make a soft dough. Knead dough a few minutes. Pinch off small pieces of dough and roll into pencil-like strands, about 5 inches long and less than ½ inch thick. Shape each strand into a circle, overlapping ends. May also roll pieces of dough into 7-inch stands, fold over, and twist into a rope.
  4. Place 1 inch apart on a greased baking sheet. Brush with milk or beaten egg. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
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