Tahini Cookies

Tahini Cookies

Tahini Cookies

I was feeling inspired by Mandy’s creation last week, so I set out to do a bit of Christmas baking. In my family, we don’t go crazy with Christmas gifts anymore. We tend to give small handmade gifts or something consumable. For years I gave everyone handmade soap, but I have branched out in the last few years and done a bit of baking, and preserving. I was attracted to these cookies because I had never heard of putting tahini in cookies; I usually associate this ingredient with savoury dishes. Curiosity won out and I made a batch, to check them out. Well, I really liked them, so here they are today, and don’t tell anyone, but I will be including them in my Christmas packages this year.

I will also be bringing a big plate of Tahini Cookies over to the gang at Angie’s Fiesta Friday. Hopefully everyone there will enjoy them and maybe feel inspired to include them in their Christmas baking too. Thanks so much to Angie of The Novice Gardener and all of the gracious co-hosts for continuing to host this awesome virtual blog party week after week!

I found this recipe in the November 2014 issue of Bon Appétit magazine.

Tahini in cookies??  It really works!

Tahini in cookies?? It really works!

Tahini Cookies


1 cup flour

½ cup lightly toasted pine nuts

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1/3 cup tahini (well stirred)

¼ cup room-temperature unsalted butter

½ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons black sesame seeds

2 tablespoons coarse sanding sugar


Preheat oven to 350° F.

Pulse the first 6 ingredients in a food processor, until the dough forms a ball around the blade.

Mix sesame seeds and sanding sugar together in a small bowl, and set aside.

Form dough into 1-inch balls and roll in the sesame mixture.

Place the balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches between each cookie.

Flatten the cookies slightly with a fork.

Bake until lightly golden brown, about 20 – 25 minutes.


Black sesame seeds add a another exotic touch to these cookies.

Black sesame seeds add  another exotic touch to these cookies.


25 Responses to “Tahini Cookies”

  1. Hilda

    Those look so pretty with the sugar and black sesame seeds on them. I find cooking with tahini is a lot like using peanut butter – sweet or savoury – it’s all good!

  2. chefjulianna

    Thanks Hilda! You know, I never thought about it that way. I guess tahini is very much like peanut butter, isn’t it? All I know is that I sure love the flavour, and I will certainly try baking with it again! 🙂

  3. Johanne Lamarche

    Interesting. I have only had tahini in hummus but have a big jar and all other ingredients…..ummm might be branching out! I love the going away feom the commercialization of Christmas in your family Juliana. The way it should be!

  4. cookingwithauntjuju.com

    One of the special benefits of Fiesta Fridays is that we all get to learn from each other. You experimented with Tahini (never would have thought to use that) in a cookie. We all know what a great “chef” you are so these have to be good if you say so. Much easier to make a recipe someone approves of. Thanks Julianna for bringing these cookies to FF #46 🙂

  5. Nancy@feasting with friends

    Anyone lucky enough to receive one of your Christmas packages is going to be mighty pleased! Such an interesting looking cookie (I can’t help but think of a porcupine, hehe) and I imagine the flavors are unique and delicious! I always receive a food education from you, Julianna… Thank you!

    • chefjulianna

      They taste like a subtle sesame shortbread…quite lovely. We go through lot of tahini because I put it in hummus, which I make a ton of. That sanding sugar is just that really coarse sugar you see on the top of the cookies. I think it was called “turbinado” sugar when I bought it, but it is also called sanding sugar and is sold here where they have stuff for decorating cakes and cookies. Hope this helps! 😀

  6. petra08

    I would love to get cookies like these for Christmas! 🙂 I have never thought of using tahini baking cookies but it makes sense. They look fab! 🙂

  7. cheri

    I love tahini in cookies, there is a natural health food store in Oregon that makes a huge batch of the stuff, you bring a jar and pay for what you buy, it is delicious!

    • chefjulianna

      Wow, I wish we had something like that here! I can buy good quality, but not in bulk, and sometimes the taste varies from brand to brand…

  8. Geraldine

    yummm…lookin’ good! I love tahini, what a great idea to make cookies with it.

    Hope your new year is off to a great start. Hugs from BC, G


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