I wouldn’t necessarily have thought of making cookies with sesame. Why? Because I am surrounded by several choco-holics and bake primarily to their tastes. Let’s just say that the brownie recipe I posted a few weeks ago is still getting good play around here. My 10 year old son whips up a quick batch of these high-protein brownies almost every weekend.
Thankfully, I received the below a few weeks ago from reader Megan LaPrete, to open my eyes to additional baking horizons:
I would like to share with you this recipe for tahini cookies. They are not gluten free and they are loaded with sugar but I love them. I’d like to see if you could come up with something similar. I can’t wait to try your Sesame Truffles.
The lovely recipe Megan sent me is from epicurious.com, one of my favorite food sites. Below is my version, sans gluten and sugar.
- 1 ¼ cups blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
- ¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ⅓ cup agave nectar or honey
- ⅓ cup tahini (raw or roasted, though roasted will give more flavor)
- 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil or palm shortening
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup raw sesame seeds (hulled or unhulled -I used hulled)
- In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt and baking soda
- In a smaller bowl, blend together agave, tahini, oil and vanilla
- Blend the dry ingredients into the wet
- Form the dough into 1 inch balls and roll in the sesame seeds
- Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and flatten
- Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes until lightly brown
- Cool on baking sheet
If you like your cookies crunchy, leave them out after baking. If you are looking for cookies with a chewier center then store them in an airtight container.
What’s your favorite Passover dessert? And Gluten-Free Steve, how many will be at your Seder in Denver? Ours will be small this year thank goodness –probably 7 total.