These tahini cookies are incredibly moist and delicious. Orange blossom water adds a hint of exotic flavor.
Have you ever cooked or baked with tahini? I’ve been using it quite a bit recently in salad dressings and dips.
In case you’re not familiar with it, tahini is a flavorful paste made from ground sesame seeds, and it’s one of the primary ingredients in hummus. My friend Shannon says she actually craves it, and I don’t blame her!
Tahini is an incredibly versatile ingredient that lends itself to kitchen experimentation. It’s smooth and dense like peanut butter, with a unique, nutty flavor.
Since I always have it in the pantry, I’ve started experimenting with ways to use it in desserts.
When I was younger my mother would sometimes bring home halvah, which is a sweet, rich candy made from tahini. That was my inspiration for these cookies.
They’re soft, moist and unlike any cookie I’ve ever tasted. One or two is more than enough to satisfy a sweet tooth. Orange blossom water enhances the sweetness from the sugar and honey and provides a pleasant floral aftertaste. Enjoy!
Orange Blossom Tahini Cookies
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup well-stirred tahini
- 1/2 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoons orange blossom extract
- raw turbinado sugar for coating
- In a small bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer, beat the softened butter and sugar in a large bowl with on medium-high for several minutes until light and fluffy.
- Slowly add the tahini, honey, vanilla, and orange blossom extract.
- Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly add the flour mixture mixing until a dough has just formed.
- Transfer dough to a sheet of plastic wrap and flatten. Chill in the refrigerator until the dough has firmed up, at least 45 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Using your hands, roll dough into 1-inch balls, then roll the balls in the turbinado sugar. Line them up on the cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart.
- Bake until the cookies begin to show cracks, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheets for at least 10 minutes before serving.
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Needle and Fork says
they look so fantastic!! I could go for those cookies right about now.
Just A Smidgen says
What a delightful cookie! I’m surprised with your ingredient choice and must try this some time.. soon!! The sooner the better from what I see!
I like the look of the sugar on top.
Yum, those look amazing.
Purely.. Kay says
These cookies definitely look scrumptious and the recipe seems very easy to follow. I just love citrus flavors in baked goods :)
Arwa A. Lootah (@LaMereCulinaire) says
Now this is a recipe i would like to try!
Mad Dog says
That’s very interesting – tahini is quite particular in flavour, I wouldn’t have thought about making cookies with it.
I’ve never used tahini, but these cookies look so good, I might just have to buy next time I go shopping :-)
Bam's Kitchen says
That title caught my attention! the ingredients are so sophisticated. Bookmarked this one!
I could so relate to what you said about tahini…I love it in salads and dressings, and hummus of course. These cookies sound really wonderful and interesting. As soon as I can locate some orange blossom water I want to try these!
How delicious! I must now keep tahini sauce in my pantry as well!
Catalina @ Cake with Love says
I have never heard of tahini cookies, but they look beautiful, one more reason to try them!
Urvashi @ The Botanical Baker says
Love love love the idea of orange and tahini. Really need to try these. thanks for sharing x
Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) says
Yummmmmm. Really cool idea mixing it with the orange blossom.
I use tahini to make hummous but never know what to do with the rest of it! Never thought about baking with it until now :)
Savory Simple says
It’s also great in salad dressing!
ooh I’ll try that – thanks!