Better than shortbread. Always, I mean always, have these on hand for guests.
240g plain flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon milk powder
4 salted egg yolks
170g butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk + a little water for wash
1 tablespoon each of black and white sesame seeds
Follow these directions for salted egg yolk. You will have to do this at least one day in advance. Once it is ready, smash with fork or pastry cutter until crumbled and set aside.
In separate bowl, sift flour, cornflour, baking powder, baking soda and milk powder.
In the mixer bowl, add butter, salt and sugar. Mix until well incorporated.
Add smashed salted egg yolks and sifted flours until well combined. Chill dough for a few minutes. If it gets too cold it will crack easily. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick and use any cutter you desire. Place them on lined cookie sheets and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place sesame seeds in a small bowl and mix. Remove cookies from refrigerator and brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.