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Regina sesame biscuits

Traditional Sicilian pastry recipe

by Ada Parisi
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Biscotti Regina o Reginelle al sesamo, ricetta siciliana originale

Come preparare in casa la ricetta dei Biscotti Regina siciliani al sesamo

Today I leave you a recipe of the heart: that of the biscotti Regina siciliani o Reginelle al sesamo, a traditional biscuit of Sicilian pastry and especially of Palermo. These biscotti siciliani al sesamo oggi sono diffusi in tutta l’isola, tanto che si trovano facilmente anche a Messina, my city. The biscotti Regina o ‘reginelle they are very easy to prepare but have a unique taste. They are made with a pasta frolla dalla consistenza densa e interamente ricoperti di semi di sesamo, that I love.

Biscotti Regina siciliani: How to make them at home

L’impasto dei biscotti Regina al sesamo, come quello di molti Sicilian sweets starting from SICILIAN CANNOLI and come on BISCUITS ALGERIAN, come anche di molte ricette salate siciliane come i pythons Messina or the PIZZETTE DA ROSTICCERIA It contains lard. But I have decreased the quantity of lard, which is still essential to give the dough that crumbling and crunchiness that distinguishes it. And I added a small amount of butter, because butter gives biscuits that unique aroma that makes them greedy.

Precisely thanks to the presence of lard, these traditional Sicilian biscuits keep perfectly even for a week. The biscotti Reginella siciliani sono ottimi inzuppati nel caffè freddo con panna (summer mornings are a must), but also to nibble between meals. Be careful though, one leads to another.

If you want to try other recipes for cookies, take a look at my article on 18 EASY RECIPES OF BISCUITS EASY FOR BREAKFAST TO MAKE AT HOME. Like the CORNFLAKES AND CHOCOLATE BISCUITS, To reuse leftover cornflakes. Or SHORTBREAD WITH HAZELNUTS, really yummy. Have a good day!

Biscotti Regina o Reginelle al sesamo, ricetta siciliana originale

REGINA COOKIES (Original Sicilian recipe

Portions: 6 Preparation: cooking:
Nutrition facts: 250 calories 20 fat
Rating: 4.0/5
( 5 voted )



300 grams of flour 00

100 g lard

50 grams of butter

cinnamon powder

a pinch of salt

100 grams of sugar

a whole egg

half a teaspoon of baking powder for cakes

sesame seeds, to taste (approximately 100 grams)


Put in a large bowl (I make the dough by hand but you can also use a food processor if you prefer) the sifted flour with the baking powder, a pinch of salt, cinnamon, the whole egg, sugar, lard and butter into small pieces and mix everything adding, If necessary, little milk (it shouldn't be necessary): You'll have to get a stick without lumps, homogeneous and consistent, just like the shortcrust pastry.

Once you've got the dough, wrap it in plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least half an hour. Meanwhile, Preheat the oven at 180 degrees and toast the sesame seeds in a pan (in this way will be more crispy and you will keep them longer).

Per fare i biscotti Regina, divide the pastry into 4 pieces and each piece, rolling the pastry on work surface with your fingers, sticks of about 2 cm in diameter. Cut the stick with a smooth blade knife in chunks of 5 centimeters and rolled in toasted sesame seeds each piece so they completely covered.

Mettere i biscotti Regina su una placca da forno ricoperta di carta forno e infornare per 15-20 minuti o finché i biscotti Regina non diventano dorati. Remove from the oven and let them cool preferably on a wire rack, so it does not build up moisture. Bon appétit!

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Isabella 22 April 2020 - 14:29

I love these cookies, I bought them at the Sicilian-Swiss pastry shop in Piazza pio XI in Roma. the package ended in two days. so now that I have the recipe I have no more excuses and I'll definitely try them. Thanks

Ada Parisi 22 April 2020 - 15:01

Thank you Isabella, then I'll wait for your opinion, I recommend! A warm greeting.

Silvia March 31, 2014 - 10:23

These I passed every where, they send anyone into raptures! get a first time, and saw the success, so to be on the safe side.
Really good; e uno tira l’altro!
Evviva Palermo!!

Sicilians creative in the kitchen March 31, 2014 - 12:50

Oh menomale! Ed è da un po’ che io non li preparo, mi hai fatto venire voglia di rifarli! A hug (e riprova le brioche senza l’uovo), ADA

Gloria 23 December 2017 - 15:20

but the sesame seeds will not burn if already toasted in a pan?not toasting it in the oven directly on the biscuits?

Ada Parisi 23 December 2017 - 15:33

Hello Gloria! Thank you and welcome. As with sesame seeds, I soon seconds on low heat to bring out some essential oil and for toasting is even on both sides, because the part that goes into contact with cookie obviously remains cruder. However, if you prefer, You can also put the Sesame directly on biscuits and bake. I think it's just a matter of taste. I like that feeling well the taste of sesame oil. Indeed, If you try directly on the biscuits will you let me know and maybe next time I try too. Among other things, you reminded me that don't really make for too long ... Happy holidays

Vera 3 March 2018 - 14:25

I'm a Sicilian who has always lived elsewhere…I remember these cookies that child ate one after the other as you say …. and I look forward to them!
I do not find in the vanilla extract …how can I replace it? Vanillin? or is atrocious?… 🙂
I found your blog yesterday, I love to cook and always come to copy the recipes of my land. Congratulations!
Hi Vera

Ada Parisi 3 March 2018 - 18:19

Hi Vera! Thank you for your trust! We Sicilians around the world remain forever linked to flavors, tastes and traditions of our land! No to vanillin, or the vanilla bean to open or make a coup and put lemon zest for a fresher taste!!! Let me know, ADA

Eugenio Orlando 25 March 2014 - 22:57

So beautiful! Can anyone translate this into English? My High School Italian, sadly, has left me fearful to trust it. (High School ended in anno mil, novo centa cincuanta i due) 1952 See why I don’y trust my own translation?Tanta Grazie

Sicilians creative in the kitchen 25 March 2014 - 23:02

Hallo Eugenio, you can find on the blog a translate button. If you click there, on the right side of the blog page, you will find also english! If you have any problem just tell me and I will help you! Cheers, ADA

Eugenio Orlando 27 March 2014 - 20:41

Thank you. I can’t wait to try them. My Sicilian-born grandmother made biscotto like these often, and I am anxious to see if these are the same. I am planning to make these for the wedding of my grand daugter in May. Thank you again.
Eugenio, aka Guido

Sicilians creative in the kitchen 27 March 2014 - 22:29

My pleasure! Try it before the wedding, just to know if you love it! Let me know, ADA

annaferna February 13, 2014 - 15:34

😛 li proverò presto

Sicilians creative in the kitchen February 13, 2014 - 15:36

Hi Anna, Thanks! Sono dei biscotti tipici siciliani, We also sell them in bakery. As you will see they are very simple, but one leads to another. Abounds with cinnamon! A big kiss, ADA

Fabiola February 7, 2014 - 19:54

Right now I'm churning out these cookies… I can't wait to try them!
I'll let you know if they are successful

Sicilians creative in the kitchen February 7, 2014 - 21:04

Hi Fabiola and welcome! I recommend, Let me know: It's a family recipe and are my favorite cookies! ADA

Fabiola February 7, 2014 - 21:22

Excellent!! One leads to another…And easy to do!
Next time I want to try to put some’ more cinnamon and a little’ less sugar..
I like both because they do come back to mind the biscuits I ate in Greek Islands…
I found out today.. And shalt henceforth inspiration!

Sicilians creative in the kitchen February 7, 2014 - 22:00

I'm glad Fabiola! Attention that end in an instant! It also abounds with cinnamon, also I like very much! See you soon, ADA

CHRISTIAN September 12, 2013 - 16:52

I have a convection oven that's okay?

Sicilians creative in the kitchen September 12, 2013 - 16:54

Hi Christian, Yes, All right. Risks are just a little darker on the outside, Maybe lowering of some degrees the temperature might otherwise dry out a little’ Too much. ADA

Ash- foodfashionparty July 2, 2013 - 21:42

They look so good. I will try this one.

Sicilians creative in the kitchen July 2, 2013 - 23:23

Thanks Ash! These are typical from my Sicily: I love this, Remember me my childhood

Adele June 27, 2013 - 11:41

I know them and I confirm that I am bunissimiiiii !

Sicilians creative in the kitchen June 27, 2013 - 13:18

I know that you are an expert in Sicilian cuisine! Hugs!

Giulia Genovese June 26, 2013 - 21:38

These cookies are delicious. I've eaten in Sicily.

Sicilians creative in the kitchen June 26, 2013 - 23:10

Thanks Julia!

Simply Cooking June 26, 2013 - 19:05

Sweet too today ;-)?
And even strange did you make cookies ! Inspire me because little cakes.
PS: I thought of you when I published the brioche…like a good Sicilian DOC will be able to approve?

Sicilians creative in the kitchen June 26, 2013 - 19:27

How strange?? Are a must in Sicily!! My Lalluzza you gotta do! I saw your brioche, I almost smell. I try to do in a couple of settimanine and tell you…then we're throwing a party with cakes!

Giulia June 26, 2013 - 16:37

Candy never felt…inspire me a lot!!!! Sign me ^_^ baciooo

Sicilians creative in the kitchen June 26, 2013 - 16:59

Kiss to you! In Sicily are like cherries…

Maurizia June 26, 2013 - 16:19

Cookies with Sesame? Who knows what good….. And then the Sesame has so many beneficial properties !

Sicilians creative in the kitchen June 26, 2013 - 16:25

I put Sesame everywhere, but these are not my invention, but a tradizionalisissimissima Sicilian recipe! Try them!

Stefania June 26, 2013 - 13:52

EH but how beautiful! With this golden color, then… beckoning! I put them in the Favorites, even if I make a few desserts they really want to try!

Sicilians creative in the kitchen June 26, 2013 - 13:53

Thanks Stefania! The color is golden, but there is also a nice light on huh….

Valentina June 26, 2013 - 09:35

Ciao Ada 🙂 Non conoscevo questi biscotti, must be delicious… It made me want to try… I love Sesame! I take note, a big kiss and congratulations! Have a good day :*

Sicilians creative in the kitchen June 26, 2013 - 13:11

Hello Vale! Try them, you are definitely a fairy tale! And if you tell me that I note some variation I!


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