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Salted Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

The classic recipe gets an update with nutty sesame seed butter! Salted Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies are packed with dark chocolate chunks and topped with flaky sea salt. They’ll be your new favorite vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe!

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Ingredients needed for Salted Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Refined coconut oil
  • Tahini
  • Brown sugar
  • Almond milk
  • Vanilla
  • Flour
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Dark chocolate

What kind of tahini is best for making cookies?

The best kind of tahini for baking is very runny and thin, without dried clumps of sesame butter. Tahini brands vary widely in terms of taste and texture. Too often, tahini can be very bitter and dry (especially when old). This tahini avocado toast recipe details how to purchase tahini that tastes high-quality.

If you’re looking for a good deal on tahini, I recommend sourcing it online in bulk. Pepperwood Organics is my favorite brand! Be sure to purchase it “hulled,” which means the outer coating of the sesame seed itself has been removed.

tray of four tahini chocolate chip cookies on a wooden board

How do you keep chocolate chip cookies from going flat?’

As you can see in the photos, this recipe rises nicely and stays pillowy after baking. I recommend these tips:

  • Use a combination of baking soda and baking powder. This helps with a sustained rise while baking.
  • Pair the leavening agents with brown sugar, which is naturally acidic and helps this reaction.
  • Add cornstarch to further bind the ingredients.
  • Chill the dough prior to baking. While this is sometimes a nuisance, it helps hydrate your flour. To really maintain the same cookie shape, form them before chilling and chill the entire baking sheet while your oven preheats.

I do know that some people prefer flatter cookies (especially when crispy). If you like crispy chocolate treats, try this recipe for imitation Tate’s cookies.

What is the secret to making soft cookies?

The secret to soft cookies is not much of a secret: just under bake them. In this recipe for salted tahini chocolate chip cookies, we are only baking the cookies for 11 minutes. While they may look underdone when coming out of the oven, they will continue firming up as they cool on the sheet.

What else can I use tahini for (besides hummus)?

While I do love homemade hummus, tahini is incredibly versatile. Here are some other tahini ideas for you:

overhead shot of a vegan tahini chocolate chip cooking with puddles of dark chocolate and flaky sea salt

I hope you enjoy this recipe for salted tahini chocolate chip cookies! Please leave a rating + review if you make them, or let me know on Instagram.

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Salted Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 15 cookies 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

The classic recipe gets an update with nutty sesame seed butter! Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies are packed with dark chocolate chunks and topped with flaky sea salt. They’ll be your new favorite vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe!


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup refined coconut oil, soft
  • 1/2 cup tahini, runny
  • 1 cup brown sugar, unpacked
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 TBS cornstarch
  • 1 tsp salt, plus more for topping
  • 1/2 tsp each baking soda and baking powder
  • 1 TBS ground flax + 3 TBS water (flax egg), optional***
  • 1 large chocolate bar, cut into chunks (or 1/21 cup chocolate chips, depending on preference)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, cream together coconut oil, tahini, and sugar until thoroughly combined.  Add sugar, almond milk, and vanilla and stir once more until incorporated.
  2. In a smaller bowl, combine flour of choice, cornstarch, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Slowly add wet to dry, taking care not to over-mix. Fold in chocolate chunks. Your dough should appear thick but should stick together when pressed.If you dough is not coming together, you can optionally add the “flax egg” to help bind.
  3. Place dough in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes and up to one day. During this time you can preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Form 15 medium-sized cookies. Place dough balls on two oiled baking sheets, leaving space in between each cookie for spreading.
  5. Bake cookies for 11-12 minutes, remove from oven, sprinkle with a little salt, and let cool on tray for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with more salt. The cookies will cook a little more as they rest.
  6. Enjoy!

Notes

***If your tahini is not very runny, you may want to add this “flax egg” to help bind the cookies together. You will be able to tell if the mixture seems too dry. It should be able to hold together when you form the cookie shapes.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 358 calories
  • Sugar: 28 grams
  • Sodium: 180 milligrams
  • Fat: 19 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 10.9 grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 8.1 grams
  • Trans Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 43.8 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Protein: 4 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

Keywords: tahini, cookie, chocolate, dark chocolate,

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The classic recipe gets an update with nutty sesame seed butter! Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies are packed with dark chocolate chunks and topped with flaky sea salt. They'll be your new favorite vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe!

 

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Hi, I'm Emily! Garlic Head is a plant-based recipe website for all eaters who want to easily, affordably, and sustainably incorporate more vegetables into their diets. My recipes focus on entertaining-style cuisine, perfect for celebrating all of life's little moments! Meet me here.

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  1. Sarah says

    Those look delicious and would be perfect with my daily 2pm cup of coffee! I’ll have to make some this week. Thank you for posting!

  2. Sue 0523 says

    I was worried these might be greasy, based on the amount of coconut oil in the dough, but they are not at all! Fluffy and light (I made mine with 100% whole wheat flour), they’re delicious! Great consistency. Will definitely make again.

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