Somewhat of a glorified peanut butter cookie, these gluten-free chewy Black Tahini Cookies have a bit more structure and nutty flavor than it’s predecessor, while still featuring that beloved chewy texture. Deep black in color and studded with creamy white sesame seeds, these tender and delicious cookies are a fun addition to any halloween party!
I’m not kidding when I say these cookies are amazing. They’ve rightfully become one of my favorite recipes. Not only are they packed with a deep, nuanced nutty flavor, but they have a perfectly chewy texture with just a bit of crumble. And guess what? You’d never know they were gluten-free.
Zestful Kitchen’s #1 taste tester, who is notoriously anti-gluten-free everything (I get it, he’s a purist of sorts) said these were incredible. And I must say, he doesn’t offer that opinion lightly, nor often. When he asks me to make something again—and when I have to hide a few for myself—I know I’ve struck recipe gold.
First off, regular tahini works just as well as black tahini in these cookies, but you’ll lose some depth of flavor. When I compared the two, I found that regular tahini has more of a raw, bitter flavor, while black tahini is slightly toastier and more nutty. Not only that, it’s pretty fun to use something that’s so stunningly dark.
To create a cookie that’s gluten-free but can rival any, gluten-free or not, I always turn to NuLife Market’s Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Blend. With this blend in hand you can truly swap out regular flour for gluten-free flour in almost any recipe. What I love most about this blend is that it already contains xanthan gum (essential for gluten-free baking), so you don’t have to mess with tracking it down or figuring out the right ratios. Not only that, it’s made with whole-grain sorghum flour, so you can feel good about eating it too.
I find that most gluten-free flour blends often lack structure and texture, but NuLife’s blend offers both to my baked goods. Although it’s not available nationwide yet, you can order it online and have it shipped anywhere. If you regularly bake gluten-free or are just looking for the right blend, I highly recommend and standby this product. It’s the only gluten-free flour I use, I don’t even make my own anymore!
- 2½ cups gluten-free all-purpose flour blend, such as Nu Life Always Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour (10 ounces)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon table salt
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1½ cups black tahini
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
- Heat oven to 375°F with racks set in upper middle and lower middle position. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together; set aside.
- Cream butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together in a stand mixer on medium-high speed, 3 minutes.
- Add tahini, eggs, and vanilla and mix on medium speed until thoroughly combined, scraping down sides as needed.
- With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture and mix until just combined.
- Working with 2 tablespoons of dough at a time, roll into balls, then gently press sesame seeds on top of dough balls; arrange on prepared sheets 1½-inches apart, sesame seed-side up.
- Bake cookies, two sheets at a time, until edges of cookies are set, 11–12 minutes, switching and rotating sheets halfway through baking. Let cookies cool on sheets 3 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
In other news, my #1 taste tester has also been my #2 builder lately. I just recently invested in a new computer—lord help my bank account—and thanks to my hammer-wielding, nail gun-shooting, white-washing dream-boat-of-a-guy, I have a new gorgeous standing desk that’s what desk dream are made of! Once we get the legs attached and I organize my life, I’ll share some photos.
Anyway, I hope you all have a happy Halloween and enjoy these spooooky cookies!