My family’s favorite tahini cookies! Nutty, slightly sweet, and perfectly satisfying with the perfect crumbly texture. These shortbread cookies are made with a bit less butter than normal but don’t lack any buttery goodness or tenderness, thanks to rich organic tahini paste!
These cookies take just 5 ingredients, a couple bowls, and a hand mixer. So simple! But be sure to read the tips and step-by-step guide above.
- 1 3/4 sticks (7 oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup tahini paste
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- pinch salt
- Powdered sugar, optional
- In a large bowl combine the butter and sugar. Using a hand mixer on medium speed, combine until light and fluffy.
- Now add the tahini and continue mixing on medium speed until well-incorporated.
- In a separate mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Transfer the dry ingredients to the tahini mixture, and mix until well-incorporated into a dough.
- Take the tahini cookie dough out of the bowl and make it into a log (about 2 inches in diameter). Place the log on the short end of a large piece of plastic wrap. Roll the wrap twisting the ends in opposite direction so that the dough log is tightly wrapped. Refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Slice the dough into 1/3 to 1/2 inch rounds, and arrange on a very large baking sheet (or two baking sheets) lined with parchment paper.
- Bake in the 350 degrees heated oven for 15 minutes or so until the cookies are light brown around the edges and set.
- Remove from the heat and leave the cookies in the baking sheets to cool briefly (about 10 minutes). Then transfer to a cooling rack to completely cool. Dust with powdered sugar, if you like.
- Important note: before you begin, make sure you have at least 1 hour for the cookie dough to chill. Chilling the dough is an essential step and you can do it for 1 hour or overnight.
- Where to find Tahini? My favorite tahini is Organic Tahini by Soom, and it’s available here at our online shop!
- To store: be sure the tahini cookies are fully cooled before transferring to an air-tight container or canister. Be sure to cover tightly. They will keep for up to 1 week at room temperature. Or you can store them in the freezer for up to 6 months, but be sure that the cookies are well-protected.
- Make Ahead Option: You can make the dough ahead and freeze it for up to 2 months.
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- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keywords: tahini cookies