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Tahini Cookies

Tahini in desserts is a popular trend right now, but it’s certainly nothing new. It’s been used in Middle Eastern desserts for a long time — it’s the peanut butter of the Middle East. Not quite as sweet, but as deliciously nutty, these tahini cookies are like grown up peanut butter cookies.

Tahini Cookies

Crunchy and sweet, these homemade Tahini Cookies are so easy to make. Filled with tahini, honey and rolled in sesame seeds, they boast a crispy, crunchy texture and a unique flavour.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Chill30 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Dessert, Dessert Cookies, Middle Eastern, Tahini Cookies
Servings: 36 Cookies
Calories: 170kcal


  • Measuring Cups/Spoons Set
  • Half-Sheet Pan
  • Cooling rack
  • #40 Scoop
  • KitchenAid 7-Speed Digital Hand Mixer
  • Glass Nesting Bowls
  • 9" Wire Whisk



  • 3 cups All-purpose flour 
  • 2 tsp. Baking soda 
  • 1 tsp. Table salt


  • 1 ¼ cups Packed light brown sugar
  • Sesame seeds
  • 1 ¼ cups Well-stirred tahini
  • ¾ cup Granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup Shortening
  • 4 tbsp. Unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp. Pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with parchment.
  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
  • Cream brown sugar, tahini, granulated sugar, shortening, butter, eggs, and vanilla in another bowl with a hand mixer on low speed. Increase speed to high and beat until fluffy. Stir flour mixture into creamed mixture until combined; chill dough 30 minutes.
  • Scoop dough with a #40 scoop (about 1½ Tbsp.); roll into balls, then roll in sesame seeds. Arrange dough balls on prepared baking sheets, spaced 2 inches apart. Flatten cookies with a fork in a crisscross pattern.
  • Bake cookies on center rack until edges are set and tops are just slightly brown, 11–13 minutes. Let cookies cool on baking sheets ⏰ 2 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.


Per cookie, Calories: 170

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories170
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 10g 16%
    • Saturated Fat 3g 15%
  • Cholesterol 14mg 5%
  • Sodium 142mg 6%
  • Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
    • Protein 3g 6%

      * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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      Written by Lisa Yarde

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