These pine nut tahini cookies have a delicate, flaky shortbread texture and a sweet sesame flavor.
Have you ever tried halva? It’s a sweet, sesame-based confection that can often be found at local candy shops or Jewish delis. Sometimes I see pre-packaged versions but you really want to find the homemade stuff. It’s rich, dense and wonderful. I love it.
And when I first tasted these tahini cookies, halva immediately came to mind.
These cookies have a tender, flaky texture similar to shortbread. The tahini is prominent and pine nuts add a light crunch and complementary flavor.
You can use regular honey in this recipe but I recommend orange blossom honey if it’s available to you. Orange blossom honey is lightly floral and blends perfectly with the other flavors.
I gave one of these cookies to my grandmother to try and her response was “These are so good; these taste like halva!” If Zelda gave these cookies her seal of approval, that means you need to try them.
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Pine Nut Tahini Cookies
- 6 1/2 ounces all-purpose flour (approximately 1 1/4 cups)
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup well-stirred tahini
- ½ tablespoon honey (I used orange blossom)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- pine nuts
- In a small bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl with on medium-high for several minutes until light and fluffy.
- Slowly add the tahini, honey and vanilla.
- Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly add the flour mixture 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 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Using your hands or a small cookie scoop, roll dough into approximately 1-inch balls. Line them up on the cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart. Top each cookie with 5 pine nuts.
- Bake for approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheets for at least 10 minutes before serving.
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