How to Make Salty-Sweet Tahini Cookies

tahini cookies
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Tahini (Middle Eastern sesame paste) is one of those wonder ingredients that makes all foods, sweet and savory, taste better! Here, it gives these cookies a delicious nutty flavor, enhanced by the salt and balanced by the honey. These tahini cookies are ridiculously moreish, easy to make, and packed with dreamy tahini goodness.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt (plus more for topping)
  • ¾ cup vegan butter or coconut oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey (or your preferred natural liquid sweetener)
  • 1 cup high quality tahini
  • ¼ cup toasted sesame seeds


  1. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Make a well in the middle and add the tahini, honey, and vegan butter.
  3. Mix gently and then use your hands to bring together the mixture in a loose dough. You can add a splash of plant-based milk if it feels too dry and crumbly. Do not over-mix or the cookies will be tough.
  4. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for about an hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a couple of cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Scoop out tablespoon-sized balls of the dough and place on the cookie sheet. Use a fork to flatter the ball gently and sprinkle with sesame seeds and a grind of sea salt.
  7. Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes until they are golden brown and smell amazing!
  8. Leave to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Enjoy! These cookies are delicious with a dollop of Greek yogurt and some fresh raspberries!