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

Updated on January 20, 2018
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

Instructions

  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.

How do you rate this tahini cookie recipe?

5 stars from 3 ratings of Tahini Cookies

Learn about Light and Dark Sesame Seeds

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:

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.


Make Tahini Sauce:

What do you think of tahini butter in cookies?

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  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    7 months ago from the short journey

    Audrey Hunt :

    Thanks much for letting us know you found this recipe! Hope you enjoy these as much as we have. It feels so good to have a healthy treat, you've mentioned in your hubs.

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    Audrey Hunt 

    7 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    Tahini is one of my very favorites. Been wondering about making cookies so thanks for this recipe which I will put to use soon.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    7 months ago from the short journey

    GlenR:

    Your plan for the cookies should work out great. These are a neat way to add variety to a tray of cookies.

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    GlenR 

    7 months ago from UK

    Just what I need - an expensive jar of tahini paste has been languishing in my fridge for weeks, since a one-off attempt to make hummus. I never imagined making biscuits with tahini but am going to try this cookie recipe. I will adapt it slightly as I don’t have oat flour - will use wheat flour instead, and I don’t use coconut oil.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    22 months ago from the short journey

    Carol Morris:

    Good for you! I hope you dance around the kitchen with your children when you make your treats! :)

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    Carol Morris 

    22 months ago

    I love tahini - we use it a lot, as a dressing for salads and other food and of course I make tahini cookies. My kids also love tahini rice crispy treats, which I pack full of other healthy foods too (nuts, honey, etc.) so it's win-win.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    2 years ago from the short journey

    vocalcoach:

    Thanks much for letting us know this recipe will be useful to you. It's so good that it's good not to make too many…. :) Cow milk free does not mean blah food!

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    Audrey Hunt 

    2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    Tahini and sesame are two of my favorite ingredients. Your delicious recipe will get plenty of use and being lactose-intolerant I love the fact that this is cow milk free! Sharing.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    peachpurple:

    Yes, and I hope you get to enjoy it soon. Thanks for stopping by to check this hub out.

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    peachy 

    4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    so, that is tahini, thanks for the recipe and details

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    CatherineGiordano:

    I hope you get to try this recipe out soon. Thanks much for stopping in to check it out!

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    Catherine Giordano 

    4 years ago from Orlando Florida

    I love tahini and sesame. I'm going to try these cookies.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    Nancy Owens:

    Here is a link to what seems to be a reliable recipe for making tahini. If you want to search out more, be sure to make a comparison of authentic ones so you don't waste your time and ingredients.

    Hummus is a wonderful and versatile food, but it's not tahini.

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    Nancy Owens 

    4 years ago from USA

    I cannot find Tahini in my area. I have been using the sesame seeds in home-made hummus, though, with some success. I just grind it up with the garbanzo beans and add a little sesame oil. Don't know if that counts. Do you know how to make tahini?

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    Millionaire Tips:

    Warning, you may like them a little too much, like we do! ;) Thanks bunches for checking out this cookie recipe and leaving your comment.

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    Shasta Matova 

    4 years ago from USA

    Those cookies look delicious! I've pinned it so I can find it later.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    Suzanne Day:

    Okay, now I'm jealous. ;) Glad to know you liked this recipe. Thanks much for coming by and for leaving your confirming note!

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    Suzanne Day 

    4 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    A really useful recipe! I work at a Turkish supermarket and Tahini is all the rage there, because they know it has great health benefits. I'm going to try putting tahini in cookies as per your recipe. Voted awesome!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    brakel2:

    Sure hope you get to try these tahini cookies soon because they are yum. I'm going to try making them in a heart shape…we'll see. :) So appreciate you visit and comments on this hub!

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    Audrey Selig 

    4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    I have never heard of tahini, but this recipe sounds like it would make a delicious snack or cookie. Your hub shows the easy steps to make this food, and the ingredients sound easy to mix together. It is fun to find healthy foods like those at Whole Foods markets. You can trust them, but you still need to skim the ingredients to make sure. Thanks for sharing this recipe, and I cannot wait to try it. Blessings Audrey Pinning

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    randomcreative:

    Hope you get to enjoy this tahini cookie very soon! Thanks much for your visit and feedback.

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    Rose Clearfield 

    4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    I love the idea of using tahini in cookies! Thanks for the inspired recipe.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    Glimmer Twin Fan:

    This cookie surprised us, as well. Now I'm looking forward to using tahini in more unexpected ways. Thanks much for taking a look at this cookie and letting me hear from you on it.

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    Claudia Mitchell 

    4 years ago

    What an interesting cookie. I always think of tahini as a savory ingredient. Thanks.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    Peggy W:

    Thanks for your visit here as well as for all your feedback on this hub! Hope you get to try these cookies soon, but be warned, they are really yum! :)

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    Peggy Woods 

    4 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I never thought about using tahini as a spread on toast. Will have to give that a try! Your cookies sound good. Going to pin this to my cookie board so that I can easily find it and others may wish to give it a try as well. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    teaches12345:

    I was amazed to read up on the benefits of sesame seed products and am glad to have a healthy cookie recipe on hand. Thanks much for letting me know you stopped in and that you like the looks of this tahini cookie!

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    Dianna Mendez 

    4 years ago

    I have heard of Tahini and am willing to give it a try after reading your post and the recipe suggestion. Looks like it is pretty good for the body. Thanks for sharing.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    tebo:

    Thanks kindly for coming by and for leaving your encouraging note!

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    tebo 

    4 years ago from New Zealand

    This sounds like a lovely recipe and well worth trying. Lots of healthy ingredients and I hope to make it soon. Thanks for sharing.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    BlossomSB:

    Sorry to confuse you! I've been traveling and only on here and there the last couple of weeks. Thanks much for checking out this recipe, though. I'm thinking I need to make another batch of these cookies next week since they were "somehow" all eaten up while I was gone! :)

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    Genna East:

    Thank you for letting me know you stopped in and that this was interesting to you. Tahini butter is my new favorite to experiment with and I'm looking forward to trying it with other flavors--but it's a stand alone great food that is now a staple for us.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    AliciaC:

    Thanks very much for checking out this tahini cookies! You already know what a lovely flavor tahini is so I hope you do get to enjoy this recipe very soon. :)

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    BlossomSB:

    I hope you can give it a try soon--thanks for checking my tahini cookie recipe out and letting me know what you think of it!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    Jackie Lynnley:

    So glad you found the info on tahini butter interesting. Thanks much for letting me know! It would be great to hear whether you come up with a unique way of using it.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    DDE:

    Thanks for leaving your feedback on this recipe!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    billybuc:

    You're welcome. Thanks for stopping in.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    Ericdierker:

    Thanks for stopping by to check this hub out.

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    Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

    4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

    That's funny, I'm sure I commented on this yesterday. Anyway, it looks like a great recipe, I'm going to try it soon and thank you for writing it.

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    Genna East 

    4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

    I’ve never heard of Tahini before, and I was so grateful to see a delicious but healthy recipe. This one has my vote, and more. Thank you! :-)

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    StephSev108:

    I hope you get to try tahini cookies soon since you love tahini! Thanks much for stopping by with your comment.

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    Linda Crampton 

    4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I love tahini, but I've only eaten it in sandwiches. Your tahini cookie recipe looks very interesting, as well as easy. Thanks for sharing it. I hope to make the cookies in the very near future!

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    Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

    4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

    This sounds like a useful recipe, thank you for sharing it. I must find time to try it soon.

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    Jackie Lynnley 

    4 years ago from The Beautiful South

    You would not believe how many times I have been here today. Soon as I get here I get an email flash or a hub flash. Guess I am just miss popular today, lol. J/K!

    I have never even heard of these things so I am naturally interested. I do use sesame seed oil in stir fry and have slow fried potatoes in it and really good flavor there so I will for sure look for the butter. I will run one of your links right now for the Tahini, thanks for all the interesting info and recipes. ^

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    Susan 

    4 years ago from India

    This is something new. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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    Dil Vil 

    4 years ago from India

    It looks yummy :)

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    Devika Primić 

    4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Tahini Cookies: A GF and Cow Milk Free Sesame Seed Butter Recipe a unique recipe and sounds great.

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    Stephanie Marie Severson 

    4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

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

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR

    RTalloni 

    4 years ago from the short journey

    DzyMsLizzy:

    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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    Bill Holland 

    4 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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    Eric Dierker 

    4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Very good hub. Thanks for the info.

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    Liz Elias 

    4 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 pinned...you are my very first pin; I just signed up this evening. ;-)

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