One of the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever made! If you've never baked with tahini, these are a must try. The tahini adds a richness of flavor and texture that is unreal! Recipe is gluten-free with options to make dairy-free, egg-free and vegan.
Salted Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies
Slightly crisp on the edges, soft, chewy and bursting with chocolate chips!
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Update July 2020….
We first made this cookies last winter and they’ve been a fan favorite ever since!
Slightly crisp around the edges, soft, chewy and bursting with chocolate chunks!
If you haven’t baked with tahini before, I highly recommend giving it a try with these cookies! The tahini adds a richness richness of flavor and texture that is unreal!
And best part?
We love them straight from the oven and straight from the freezer!
Hope you love them too!
I have been watching friends bake with tahini and have been intrigued.
If you’ve followed me a while, you know I love tahini and add it to all sorts of sauces but had never baked with it.
So when my friend Diane @Dianemorrisey on Instagram shared these cookies a few weeks back, I knew her recipes was the one I wanted to try first.
Diane and I met through a mutual Instagram friend, Gillian @lalalunchbox, and I am fortunate to call her a friend, and to say that I have both made her recipes and been lucky enough to enjoy the food and treats she’s baked first hand — always delish!
Back to these cookies… Recipe from Diane Morrisey, adapted be gluten-free and vegan optional, I am soooo glad I finally made a batch!
These cookies are AMAZING!
Soft, chewy and LOTS of chocolate chunks or chips (I’ve made them both ways)!
If you haven’t baked with tahini before (and I hadn’t! ), I highly recommend giving it a try with these cookies— it adds an incredible richness & gives the cookies a great soft texture.
Some people say they can taste a very subtle tahini flavor but it doesn’t jump out at you… it really just tastes like the BEST chocolate chip cookie you’ve ever had!
Especially when they first come out of the oven and the chips are melty.
These cookies are made with real, whole food ingredients:
Eggs (or flax egg)
butter or dairy-free butter
Gluten-Free all purpose flour (we used GF Jules – affiliate link)
and chocolate chunks.
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Back to the Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies…
The batter comes together really quickly!
But, Pro Tip: The only thing you need to know going in is that the batter is prepped quickly but needs to rest in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours (or even overnight if you forget about it, not that I’ve ever done that….) because it is a wet batter at first. So plan for it.
So let’s make the batter....
First you cream the butter, tahini, and sugars.
Then add in the egg or flax egg and mix well to combine.
While those mix, combine your dry ingredients in a small bowl with a whisk or pastry cutter or fork. This will not only combine the ingredients but make the flour finer which helps with the great cookie texture.
Then add to the wet mixture and mix well. Stir in the chips and that’s it!
Now, let the batter chill for a couple hours. (or place in the freezer to speed up the process!)
After the batter is chilled and you roll it into balls, be sure to place the balls on the baking sheets with 1 1/2 – 2 inches between each cookie as they will spread when baking.
Then I like to press them down a bit with a measuring cup before baking.
Bake just 12-14 minutes and then don’t forget to sprinkle with coarse sea salt when they come out of the oven!
Nothing like salted chocolate chip cookies.
For all my allergy friends, I made them gluten-free, dairy-free and nut free.
The original recipe contains egg but have also made them with flax egg (flaxseed meal + water) and this vegan version tastes great too!
Pro Tip: In the vegan version, I added a touch of baking powder and they are soft and chewy!
Whichever way you make these cookies, hope you love these as much as we do!
Thanks again to Diane for letting me share her recipe!
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These Salted Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies are one of the best ever! Soft, chewy and loaded with chocolate chips, the tahini gives an underlying richness of flavor and texture that is unreal! Recipe adapted to be gluten-free from my friend Diane Morrisey. NOTE: the batter needs to rest for several hours or overnight, not included in prep time.
8 tablespoon unsalted butter or dairy free butter alternative, at room temperature (we used Earth Balance dairy free soy free sticks)
½ cup tahini, well stirred
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature **
1 large egg yolk**
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons gluten-free all purpose flour (we used GF Jules- affiliate link)
¾ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups chocolate chunks or Chips (we used Enjoy Life semi sweet mega chunks)
Flaky seas salt such as Maldon (we used Coarse Kosher Sea Salt)
For Vegan version,
use dairy free butter
** and in place of the egg and egg yolk, use 1½ "flax egg" --- 1½ tablespoons flaxseed meal mixed with 3¾ tablespoons water and let sit for 5 minutes.
for vegan version, also add ¼ teaspoon baking powder
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, tahini and both sugars on medium speed for 2-3 minutes, until fluffy.
Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides. Then add the egg, egg yolk (or flax egg in place of egg and egg yolk), and vanilla and continue to mix minute, scraping down the sides as needed.
In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder if vegan version, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients until just combined.
Add the chocolate chips and combine but do not overmix.
Batter will seem a bit wet. Either cover in the existing bowl or move to a glass bowl with a cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or overnight. (I've done both depending on my day; I have also placed in the freezer for 20 minutes, then the fridge for 2 hours --- basically the dough needs to chill and firm but there are options!)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Form cookies into balls. Place them evenly on baking sheet, separated by 1½ - 2 inches.Gently press balls down a bit with the palm of your hand or back of a measuring cup.
Bake until cookies are golden brown around the edges, but still pale in the center. For smaller cookies (what I did here) bake about 12-14 minutes. For larger cookies, bake about 14-15 minutes.
Remove from over and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
Store well in an airtight container room temperature. Freeze well too.
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