Ever make hummus and then wonder what to do with the remaining jar of tahini? I’ve been experimenting and discovered it makes a surprisingly good cookie. These little biscuits are buttery sweet and infused with both sesame paste and toasted sesame seeds. Crisp to the bite, you might just discover you’re buying tahini to make cookies and no longer for hummus!
I’ll admit that I’m addicted to sesame seeds, so I am extremely biased about these little cookies. Maybe my body is secretly craving the health benefits of sesame seeds or maybe I’m just drawn to the toasty, nutty flavor they bring to the party.
I wanted the cookies to be more crisp than chewy and therefore baked them for 13 minutes. The cookies will be slightly chewy in the center after baking but when allowed to cool and sit overnight, they are light and crisp. I can’t stop eating them. Seriously.
Ironically, while writing this post, I discovered that Cake on the Brain (also a Vancouver food blogger) just posted about black sesame butter cookies she’s working on. What’s up with Vancouver and sesame? It must be the weather – it went from freakishly hot to cool and rainy, and is now sunny and mild today. All the Vancouverites are craving something warm and comforting, and sesame is a perfect fix.
Super Sesame Cookies
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup tahini
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup toasted sesame seeds
Add the butter, sugars, and egg to a mixing bowl and beat until fluffy. Slowly add the tahini, baking soda and salt.
Add the flour and mix until combined. Fold in sesame seeds.
Using a 2 teaspoon sized cookie scoop, place balls of dough 3 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. I find it easiest to get uniform cookies by using the scoop (and it isn’t as messy), but you can also use a spoon to portion the dough.
Bake at 350F (175C) for 10-13 minutes or until lightly browned. I baked mine on the upper end of this time in order to make them more crisp. Store in an airtight container. Makes 4 dozen.