Tahini Cookies

by Jessica on July 28, 2011

Tahini Cookies

In the last year or so, I’ve become quite accustomed to the random request. There are inquiries from those that suffer from celiac disease, appeals from lactose-intolerent readers, ones that are allergic to nuts or those that just want a lemon cake for their birthday.

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One such question came from C’s little sister a few weeks ago. Without going into too much detail, her doctor’s put her on a dairy-free diet (which will possibly lead to a gluten-free diet) until they can find out what’s bothering her. Thus, her asking for a dairy-free treat that wouldn’t upset her tummy. I obliged and found these Tahini Cookies just begging to be made. If you remember, I’d already whipped up a big batch of Tahini in preparation for my Spicy Black Bean Hummus, so it was obviously fate that she’d ask me now. I had more than enough left over to bake the cookies and it was a joy to see her enjoy a sweet without feeling horrible afterwards. If you love peanut-butter cookies, you’ll find a new favorite in these!

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Tahini Cookies
Source: About.com

2 c all-purpose flour
1-1/4 c light brown sugar, packed
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1 c raw tahini
1/2 c honey
1/4 c lemon juice
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine the egg yolks, tahini, honey, lemon juice and vanilla using an electric hand mixer. Beat until well combined.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing until forming a very thick, crumbly dough. Use your hands to form the dough into 1″ balls, placing them on the sheet and flattening them slightly with your fingers as you work. Sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar, then bake for 16-18 minutes, or until the tops are cracked and the bottoms are golden brown.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Eliana July 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I would have never thought of using tahini to make cookies. But now I’m facinated by the idea and can’t wait to try.


2 yummychunklet July 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Never would’ve thought to use tahini in cookies! How tasty!


3 Beth July 28, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I’ve got some tahini that I was wondering how to use. Looks like I’ll be trying these cookies!


4 Candace August 5, 2011 at 9:42 pm

They were wonderful!! I absolutely loved them and I had to hide them from J so i could eat them lol!! I am now trying the gluten free diet.. Wish me luck!! So far I found gluten free pasta and all kinds of chicken. *fingers crossed* This will hopefully be my cure- just have to stick with it!! Love you!


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