My sesame addiction continues! This time in the form of a cookie. You may have had cookies sprinkled with sesame seeds before, such as Greek koulourakia, but these cookies are different because they actually have tahini (ground sesame paste) in the cookies!
These cookies are tender and buttery, with a rich, nutty flavor that will have people wondering what the secret ingredient is. They’re not too sweet so they make a great “breakfast cookie” with coffee or an anytime snack.
Tender cookies get a unique and nutty flavor from tahini paste.
2/3 cup (3 oz) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup tahini
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg yoke
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted for drizzling, if desired
In a small bowl whisk flour and baking soda. Set aside.
In a medium bowl mix the remaining ingredients except for the sesame seeds. Stir until smooth. Add the dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined. Divide the dough in half, shape into 2 disks, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerator for at least 2 hours (preferably overnight).
Preheat oven to 325F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat.
Remove one disk from refrigerator and roll between wax paper to 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle dough with half the sesame seeds and roll over them with the rolling pin to embed in the dough. Cut into rounds using a 1.5 inch cookie cutter, trying to maximize the amount of cookies and minimize the amount of scrap dough. Place on prepared cookie sheets 1 inch apart. Repeat with 2nd disk, and then again with the scraps, gently rolling them out.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges of cookies are golden brown. Set cookie sheet on wire rack and cool cookies completely on pan.
Drizzle with melted chocolate, if desired, for an indulgent treat.
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Recipe adapted from Pure Dessert, by Alice Medrich