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2/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
3 eggs
1 tablespoon orange juice
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/3 cup all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
sesame seeds, optional


1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add 2 eggs; beat well. Beat in orange juice and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.

2. Roll dough into 1-1/4-in. balls. Shape each into a 6-in. rope; fold in half and twist twice. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.

3. In a small bowl, beat the remaining egg with a bit of water; brush over dough. Sprinkle cookies with sesame seeds. Bake at 350° for 7-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Allow to cool.

Yields: about 3 dozen

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