15-Minute Tahini Cookies | The Graceful Kitchen

I know I seem to be saying this ALL the time, but these are seriously the easiest cookies I have ever made. My mom sent me the recipe, which she got from the wonderful Hebrew blog bisim, and I made it quickly after as dessert for the weekend.

The original recipe calls for using only peanut butter, but I literally only had about three tablespoons worth of it, so I used raw tahini to make up for the rest.

15-Minute Tahini Cookies | The Graceful Kitchen

By now you probably realize my slightly disturbing obsession with tahini. It’s amazing. I can’t get over it (not that I try). I’m not talking about the ready-made tahini “salad” or “sauce” you buy in tiny quantities. I’m talking about raw tahini – the stuff used to make those salads/sauces and countless other amazing and unexpected things. I use it as a base for curries, in ice-cream, salad dressings, shakes, and, of course: cookies.

15-Minute Tahini Cookies | The Graceful Kitchen

Peanut butter is a wee on the expensive side in these parts of the Atlantic, and if you wanna talk about natural peanut butter the price rises even more. In fact, the only reason I had peanut butter at all was because my sister in law left it (along with other surprises) in our apartment when she left for America to make Aliyah from there (so proud of you, sis!).

I don’t know if this is grounded in reality but I have this notion that peanut butter is also slightly less healthy than tahini.

15-Minute Tahini Cookies | The Graceful Kitchen

For all these reasons, I decided to make these cookies using only tahini. I use raw tahini made from whole sesame seeds – this is also sometimes called Sesame Butter. It is much richer in flavor and texture, and, quite obviously, much healthier. It’s slightly more expensive but still cheaper than PB and totally worth it.

These also needed to be egg-less for the simple reason that I did not have eggs on hand when I was making them (Mr. Graceful went out shopping for groceries but the baking urge struck long before he came back). I mixed a heaping tablespoon of ground flaxseed with three tablespoons water, let it gel up for a minute, and added it in place of the one egg that the recipe calls for. Worked like a charm.

15-Minute Tahini Cookies | The Graceful Kitchen

The result is amazing: soft, crumbly, I’d say even buttery texture, and a great nutty flavor. The kind of cookies that leave a satisfied, lazy smile on your face. These go extremely well with some hot herbal tea, such as mint.

You won’t feel like you did much, because requiring only three ingredients, one bowl, and 12 minutes of baking, these are super-easy to make… But you can tell everyone who ooh’s and aah’s over them that you slaved for hours over these in the hot kitchen, recreating your great-grandmother’s heirloom recipe… Whatever floats your imagination’s boat.

15-Minute Tahini Cookies:

Adapted from bisim

Serves: Makes about 20 small cookies
Estimated Time: 3 minutes work + 12 minutes bake
Kosher Classification: Neutral


1 cup raw tahini (or combination of raw tahini and peanut butter)
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbs. ground flaxseed  OR  1 egg


Pre-heat oven to 180° Celsius (350° Fahrenheit).

Mix tahini with sugar in a bowl.

If not making it vegan, add the egg and mix well. If you want to use flax instead, mix the heaping tablespoon of flax with three tablespoons of water in a small cup and let it stand for a minute until it thickens and gels a bit.

Then add it to the tahini-sugar mixture and mix well. The mixture should thicken up substantially by now and become a bit grainy.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using two teaspoons, scoop small globs of the mixture and drop them on the baking sheet. These cookies do not flatten and spread out in baking, which means that a) you don’t need to leave so much space between them and b) you will need to flatten them by yourself to make it look like a cookie as opposed to a baked blob.

Using the back side of a fork, press gently on the back of each little mound to flatten it. It’s okay that the little stripes from the fork stay on – it’s decorative!

15-Minute Tahini Cookies | The Graceful Kitchen

15-Minute Tahini Cookies | The Graceful Kitchen

Then, using your fingers, gently go around the cookie, rounding it off.

15-Minute Tahini Cookies | The Graceful Kitchen

Place baking sheet in hot oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. These bake extremely fast and then they burn, so pay attention!

Let cool for 15 minutes before devouring with a nice, hot cup of tea while watching the raindrops on your window.

15-Minute Tahini Cookies | The Graceful Kitchen

In A Nutshell:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180° Celsius (350° Fahrenheit).
  2. Mix 1 cup raw tahini with 1/4 cup sugar. Add 1 egg, or if doing it vegan mix separately 1 Tbs. flaxseed with 3 Tbs. water, let thicken and add to tahini-sugar mixture. Mix well.
  3. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and drop small amounts of mixture on it.
  4. Flatten gently with the back of a fork and round the edges with your fingers.
  5. Bake for 10-12 miutes, let cool ,and enjoy.

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19 thoughts on “15-Minute Tahini Cookies

  • November 28, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Try the B&D natural peanut butter. I get 1 kg for 26 shekels. It’s more expensive than tehina, but not insanely so. Definitely going to try this recipe soon. I’d make them this shabbat except someone asked for spicy cake… actually, these cookies might be good spiced up a bit, too?

    • November 28, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      One thing is certain: I would definitely try these cookies if they were spiced. I’ll look into the B&D variety around here, thanks for the tip!

  • November 28, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Thank god for this recipe! My fridge has been completely empty for the last two days and these were literally the ONLY 3 ingredients in my apartment. Anyway, came out delicious (even my picky roommate agreed)! Good recipe for a quick and easy sugar fix 🙂

    • November 28, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Thanks dear 🙂

      Happy to hear you and your picky roommate liked these!

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  • May 6, 2013 at 3:06 am

    OMG I just finished making your cookies! I can’t wait to stick them out of the oven, will let you know how they taste.
    P.S. totally understand your “relationship” with tahini! I love it in everything.

    • May 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      I’m so happy someone understands my addiction 😀

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  • October 26, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Lovely – made them loads with my toddler who likes mixing it all – added raisins and orange peel too

    • November 1, 2015 at 9:52 am

      Sounds yummy, Jane! Can’t wait until my son is old enough to bake with 🙂

  • August 25, 2016 at 2:29 am

    I made these last night.

    Added about a tablespoon of liquid vanilla and two tablespoons of cinnamon. After a 12 minute cooking time I sprinkled Splenda on top of each of the 4 cookies this recipe made and put them on a cooling rack for 15 minutes.

    They were great – crispy edges, almost caramelized, and moist, soft middles.

    • August 29, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      Sounds awesome! I bet the cinnamon really took it to a new level.

  • August 29, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    I found this when I was looking for a good, light, tahini cookie recipe at 2 am. Jet lag! I started soaking the flax seeds, then realized I was supposed to grind them, but I didn’t want to make that kind of noise at 2am, so I did this instead:
    1 cup tahini,
    maple syrup (sorry, not sure how much, but maybe 2 tablespoons),
    1 tsp stevia powder (Truvia that I brought back from the States),
    1 cup spelt flour,
    1 tsp baking soda, and a bit of Himalayan salt.
    Baked at 175 C for about 7 minutes. Yummy! Just the texture I was going for!

    PS. B&D peanut butter is NIS 23.90 at Rami Levi.

    • August 31, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      Sounds delicious Esti 🙂 Yes, B&D is great – sometimes it sells for even less than that! But I save it for special occasions, whereas we literally have about 10kg of tahini in the pantry at any given moment. 😛


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