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Tahini Cookies: A GF and Cow Milk Free Sesame Seed Butter Recipe

Updated on December 27, 2016
Sesame seed cookies?  Who would've guessed!
Sesame seed cookies? Who would've guessed! | Source

What’s with Tahini?

Sesame paste, sesame oil, tahini butter, sesame butter, benniseed, bene seed, sesamol, and just plain tahini are all names for an ingredient that people who enjoy baked goods (aka cookies, of course) should certainly know about, but what is this food good for beyond its satisfyingly wonderful, earthy taste?

Though tahini can be used as a tasty topping for toast and a replacement for peanut butter on a jelly sandwich, its list of benefits include being a great source of vitamin E, helping to reduce the effects of stress, and fortifying the immune system. It might be surprising to learn that it contains phytosterols that can help reduce harmful cholesterol and sesame seeds are being studied for their ability to delay and/or slow the spread of cancer.

We may not typically think of seeds as food but they are and we should not miss out on how they can help us maintain our health. The benefits of flax and chia seeds, among other seeds, are now more commonly known to the average person, but for those who are not acquainted with just how useful sesame seeds really are, the batches of recipes available online with tahini as an ingredient will be a new food interest.

My Tahini Cookie

So, if tahini cookie recipes are easily found, why I would want to work out my own recipe might be a reasonable question for you to ask. Long story short, I like experimenting with ingredients and I need to do so because of a dietary allergy.

I must avoid cow’s milk and I think I need to continue diminishing my gluten intake. Finding recipes that I really like and which eliminate cow’s milk and which are gluten free is not always easy.

Working out our favorite tahini cookie recipe was an adventure that resulted in a cookie healthy enough to use as an on the go breakfast, have as a snack, or use as a dessert. I'm now thinking that the right presentation with a chocolate syrup could make quite an elegant dessert out of them!

As you look over the ingredients list below, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, anticipate the goodness of the healthy ingredients. Next, know that a flax egg recipe can be used to replace the eggs, and that honey or agave can replace the sugar, which I will do sometimes for flavor variety.

Also, if you happen to use salted tahini, reduce the amount of salt at least by half. While I will definitely add dark chocolate chips to these cookies at Christmas, I doubt I will try adding traditional nuts, such as walnuts or pecans, for I do not want them to compete with the amazing tahini flavor.

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Use tahini in baking for rich flavor with health benefits.Yum ingredients make great cookies.Coconut flavor is a super addition.Tahini butter or paste has a rich, earthy taste.Tahini, tahini!  Kids love to say tahini!  :)  (And they love to make and eat the cookies!)
Use tahini in baking for rich flavor with health benefits.
Use tahini in baking for rich flavor with health benefits. | Source
Yum ingredients make great cookies.
Yum ingredients make great cookies. | Source
Coconut flavor is a super addition.
Coconut flavor is a super addition. | Source
Tahini butter or paste has a rich, earthy taste.
Tahini butter or paste has a rich, earthy taste. | Source
Tahini, tahini!  Kids love to say tahini!  :)  (And they love to make and eat the cookies!)
Tahini, tahini! Kids love to say tahini! :) (And they love to make and eat the cookies!) | Source

Easy Tahini Cookie Recipe

  • 1 Cup Oat Flakes
  • 2 Cups Oat Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Flax Seed
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 2/3 Cup Unsalted Tahini
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Eggs

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  1. Combine dry ingredients.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients together and stir into a cookie dough consistency.
  3. Form 1” balls and slightly flatten.
  4. Space about 1 1/2” apart on a cookie sheet.
  5. Bake approximately 14 minutes--until they just start to turn brown.
  6. Cool about 5 minutes, then remove to a plate to finish cooling.
  7. Store in an air tight container or freeze for later use.

What is Single Sourced Tahini Butter?

We've become familiar with the term organic and sustainable, but what is a single sourced product and why does it make one high quality? Simply put, all the seeds used to make the butter (or paste, if you prefer) are the same kind and as often as possible are from the same location.

Soom is a tahini company focused on offering Americans the highest quality product they can produce. Made from Ethiopian seeds, their tahini is toasted before being processed, providing a wide variety of recipes with a rich aroma and flavor. In comparing pastes, Soom's is the choice of many chefs and inspiring to one's like myself.

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Benefits of Tahini

Having grown up eating plain food is nothing to complain about. Too many don’t get to eat at all. However, learning about all the different foods that are available and how beneficial they are to our health continues to be exciting. Tahini is definitely one of my new favorites.

Not only is this food fun to say (especially with grandchildren--think dancing around the kitchen singing tahini, tahini, we all love tahini...), but it’s fun to eat and excellent information is available on its amazing health benefits.

Knowing what it is and how to use it, as well as to be careful of possible allergies is important so the following links are provided below for those who want to learn more right now. Use them to begin your own research and think through what recipes you want to use as you dance in the kitchen shouting tahini, tahini...!

Make Tahini Paste:

Make Tahini Sauce:

Educate Yourself on Tahini's Uses and Benefits:

• An easy to read yet comprehensive look at Sesame Seeds is a good place to start educating yourself on this amazing food.

• Sesame seeds are filled with healthy fibers and nutrients that you can learn more about in this list. Don't wait to benefit!

• An introduction to tahini with more info available for those with a need to know.

• Inform yourself about sesame butter. Learn why its world-wide popularity makes it a first choice for many people and why many more are now choosing it.

• If you're interested, here is your chance to have an anti-inflammatory turmeric tahini dressing for great taste and good health.

• With loads of information on teaching kids about good food, see page 19 in the link for a recipe with tahini that they can learn to make.

Pinterest, naturally, has a bountiful supply of tahini recipes that range from main dishes to desserts. Need we say more?

• Important note: Check out allergy information on sesame seeds if you think you might be allergic to this seed.

• Don't forget to be sure to search HubPages for tahini recipes like this interesting one.

What do you think of tahini butter in cookies?

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    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Sounds very interesting. My only prior experience with Tahini is in using it in the sauce/topping recipe for falafel sandwiches in pita bread.

      Voted up, interesting, and are my very first pin; I just signed up this evening. ;-)

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very good hub. Thanks for the info.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hate to seem ignorant but I have never heard of Tahini. Thanks for the education and the recipe.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey


      The uses of tahini seem to be as varied as its benefits!

      Thanks much for your feedback here, and congrats on becoming a Pinterest member--have fun!

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      Stephanie Marie Severson 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I love tahini. Thanks for the idea. I have never had tahini cookies.

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