Koulourakia (sesame Cookies) - Greek Recipe (Dessert)

1 c Butter
1 c Caster sugar
1 t Vanilla essence
3 Eggs
5 c Plain flour
3 ts Baking powder
1/2 ts Ground cinnamon
1/4 ts Ground cloves
1/4 c Milk
1/2 c Toasted sesame seeds
Recipe Method
Cream butter and sugar with vanilla essence until light and fluffy
Beat eggs, reserve 1 tablespoon for glazing and add remainder gradually to butter mixture, beating well
Sift dry ingredients twice
Stir into creamed mixture alternately with milk to form a soft dough
Knead lightly until smooth
If dough is sticky, chill for 1 hour
Scatter some sesame seeds lightly on one side of pastry board
Shape pieces of dough into thick pencil shapes and roll onto the sesame seeds to coat lightly or according to taste
Double over rolled dough and twist, or form into rings, figure eights or coils
Place on greased baking sheets and glaze with reserved egg beaten with a little milk
Bake in a moderate oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown
Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container
Variation: Roll dough in granulated sugar instead of seeds
Glaze lightly with milk
Makes: 70 Cooking time: 15-20 minutes Oven temperature: 190 C (375 F)