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November 5, 2011

Tahini Chocolate Chippers

These cookies sparked my interest at Lauren Loves Good Food blog. I had bought some tahini a few weeks earlier and didn't want it to go bad before I had a chance to use it. My friend just introduced me to some awesome new food blogs, which is exactly where I found these quick little tahini cookies.

If you don't know much about tahini it is a paste ground from sesame seeds. The texture is similar to a nut butter, though slightly less thick. By itself, it resembles the taste of a nut butter... well, sort of. It is most commonly used in hummus, but hey, it is a good source of protein with little sugar so.. why wouldn't you make cookies out of it?!

There are a few things that are really great about these cookies:
1. they have only 6 ingredients
2. they take hardly any time to make
3. they taste just like peanut butter cookies (which is a definite plus if you are someone like me who no longer gets to enjoy that wonderful taste)

Here are those 6 simply lovely ingredients:
(I found this recipe to make about 18 cookies, give or take a few)

1 cup tahini
1/2 c sugar
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp chocolate chips or raisins (optional) - I used Enjoy Life's dairy free chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients together in a medium size bowl with a large wooden spoon. The batter will seem runny at first but as you keep mixing it will thicken (it's like a science experiment!) Lightly spray a baking sheet with canola oil. Form the dough into balls, a little smaller than golf balls, place on the cookie sheet and flatten lightly with the back of a spoon. (I didn't decide to flatten them until halfway through baking but I definitely think it is a better idea, as they will cook more evenly.) Bake at 325 for 10-14 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes and carefully transfer to a wire rack to fully cool. Be aware that the cookies are extremely delicate when they are still warm but will hold together as they cool. They still have that crumbly texture but - like I said they taste and act like peanut butter cookies! I hope you enjoy these yummy little treats! Go tahini!

Yes, that on in the middle has a bite out of it... I couldn't resist trying them!
And then remembered to take the picture ;-)


  1. Well I am wonderfully surprised to find these cookies are delicious! I was wary at first of putting tahini sauce the main ingredient of cookies but truly it works splendidly... and these cookies do have are reminiscent of peanut butter as you said. I didn't have any chocolate chips on hand so I used toasted coconut. As a final thought, I really like the simplicity of this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi! I am so happy to hear about your happy surprise with this recipe! I was worried too when first making these but you are right that the outcome is wonderful! I also love the idea of adding coconut, definitely something I'll be trying next time this recipe is made! ~ And you can be sure I'll send you the credit! ;-) Thanks for stopping by!