A stack of Tahini cookies. A stack of Tahini cookies. Israeli Kitchen A stack of Tahini cookies. (Photo: Alexsvirid/Shutterstock)

Tahini cookies

Cookies so delicious you'll want to hide some away for later.

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  • Yield: About 3 dozen cookies
  • Level: Easy
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes

These cookies couldn’t be simpler to make, and they are extremely, meltingly, delicious. I doubled the recipe because the original doesn’t make enough to keep the family happy. I used margarine to keep the cookies non-dairy, but if butter is no issue for you, then use butter.

Ingredients

  • 200 grams soft margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup tahini. If there’s a layer of oil floating on top of the jar, stir it back in.
  • 2 cups plus 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts and powdered sugar (optional)

Directions

Tahini cookies Tahini cookies. (Photo: Alexsvirid/Shutterstock)

Preheat the oven to 325° F (160° C).

Cream the margarine and the sugar together.

Add the vanilla and the tahini and blend again.

Combine the flour and the baking powder; add to the tahini mixture.

Form balls the size of walnuts and place them on a baking sheet protected with baking paper. The dough is dry and crumbly, so squeeze it together to make the balls.

If adding the optional pine nuts, do it like this: form one cookie ball; take 2 or 3 pine nuts into your left palm, and with your right hand, press the ball onto them. Reverse it onto the baking sheet. If the ball crumbles slightly, just squeeze it back into shape with your fingertips.

Some of the cookies looked like little caricatures. My family has given up wondering why I laugh when I’m alone in the kitchen.

Bake for 13-15 minutes. Do not bake longer. The cookies need a little moisture to retain their shape and not crumble.

Cool the baking tray on a rack, and don’t touch the cookies for at least 5 minutes. If they’re handled while hot, they will fall apart.

Dust with powdered sugar if you wish, when they’re cool. Hide a few for yourself before you offer them to family and friends.

Related Topics: Baking, Desserts, Mediterranean

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