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Pine Nut Tahini Cookies

These pine nut tahini cookies have a delicate, flaky shortbread texture and a sweet sesame flavor.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: pine nut tahini cookies
Servings: 30 (approximately)
Calories: 87kcal
Author: Jennifer Farley


  • 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.


Adapted from Epicurious


Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 31mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.5mg