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Game-Changing Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Game-Changing Tahini Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Game-Changing Tahini Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies were some of the best chocolate chip cookies that have ever come out of my oven. They have become one of my favorite afternoon treats. The tahini gives them a gentle savory taste that pairs remarkably well with dark chocolate and a touch of salt. They are a little a bit crunchy around the edges and chewy in the center. Perfection!

Recipe Background:

New York has long been one of my favorite cities. I first visited 16 years ago, and it was love at first sight. After that, I couldn’t get enough of it, and honestly, I still can’t. New York is a great city to walk around with a great atmosphere, excellent culinary options, and plenty of iconic parks and sights. So, when I decided to take a long weekend off—it was a no-brainer—NEW YORK! My first stop was for lunch at Chelsea Market, which is a premier food and shopping hall. Then I went to Miznon, where you can get falafel or roasted cauliflower in a pita. Next, a friend recommended I try the Seed + Mill stand for some heavenly gourmet halvah, so I stopped there as well. Besides buying too many halvah blocks, I took some flyers from the stand, and this recipe was on one of them. As a huge fan of tahini, I had to try it! The cookies were so delicious that I had to share the recipe on the blog.

What is Tahini?

Let me introduce you to one of my favorite ingredients! Tahini is ground sesame seeds. That’s it! It has a delicious earthy and nutty flavor.

What Do Tahini Cookies Taste Like?

Like soft-baked, gooey circles of happiness. They have crisp edges, soft-baked centers, and warm melty chocolate throughout.

Ingredients Overview:

Before you start baking using this cookie recipe, measure and prepare your ingredients so the cooking process will go smoothly and easily.

Tahini: Runny tahini is key. This recipe works best with runny tahini that will easily mix with the other ingredients. Tahini brands vary widely in consistency, so look for one with a smooth, pourable texture. I like (affiliate links) Soom, Baron, and Seed+Mill.

Butter: Unsalted and softened to room temperature. Allow the butter to sit out on the counter for about 1-2 hours before starting your recipe. The amount of time depends on the weather and how cool you keep your kitchen.

Chocolate: You can use any chocolate chips you want or even chop up a chocolate bar and toss it in.

Craving More Tahini?

Flourless Tahini Bread

Halvah Truffles

Shortbread Tahini Bars

Halvah Cups

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Game-Changing Tahini Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Game-Changing Tahini Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These big soft chocolate chunk tahini cookies are truly perfect!
Kosher, Dairy
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Keyword: Best Tahini Cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Resting time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 24 minutes
Servings: 20



  • Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C.
  • In a stand mixer with a flat beater, combine butter, tahini, and sugars. Turn on to medium speed and beat until smooth.
  • Add egg and vanilla, and increase speed, beating until fluffy.
  • Turn off the mixer and add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and mix on low speed until combined.
  • Using a spatula, fold in the chopped dark chocolate/chocolate chips until evenly spread.
  • Place the dough in the refrigerator and let it chill for 1 hour.
  • Using a cookie scoop or your hands, scoop balls of dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Make sure to space out the cookies.
  • Sprinkle salt over the dough.
  • Bake for 10–14 minutes until lightly golden and the tops are crackly.
  • Let the cookies cool in the pan for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.


  1. These cookies are so good! My son asks for them all of the time! They’re easy to make and feel more healthy than a regular chocolate chip cookie because of their awesome amazing tahini addition!5 stars

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Hi, I’m Rachel.

Welcome to my little corner of the internet! I’m happy you’re here. I am the food blogger behind “Mama Living Abroad.” In this space, I am sharing flavorful recipes that I love to make and have my family and friends approve.

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