Swirled Chocolate & Vanilla Tahini Cookies


Swirled Chocolate & Vanilla Bean Tahini Cookies 🦓✨ These showstopper cookies are so easy to make, chewy on the inside, crispy on the edges, and just melt in your mouth! 

What is tahini?

Tahini is a ground sesame butter or paste that's traditionally used in Middle Eastern cuisine. It is served by itself or as a main ingredient in hummus, baba ghanoush, and halva!

What does tahini taste like?

Tahini has an earthy flavor that is slightly bitter but not overpowering. It's perfect for baking cookies because it absorbs other flavors paired with it in the cookie batter, and provides a chewy crunchy cookie every time! The spread is similar to peanut butter and other nut butters, the only difference is that it doesn't have that similarly sweet flavor profile. But is similar in that it's rich and creamy!

Why add tahini to your cookies?

Adding tahini to your cookies is a way healthier alternative to adding shortening to your cookies. It provides a crunchy on the edges and chewy on the inside cookie texture that will always melt in your mouth. And because tahini is made from sesame seeds it's perfect for keeping recipes nut-free and allergy friendly!

Where to buy tahini?

I use Soom Foods tahini (not sponsored) literally everyday, so I highly recommend trying them out! You can use the link here which is an Amazon duo set of their two tahinis I used in this recipe. But you can also find tahini in most grocery retailers near the peanut butter aisle!

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Swirled Chocolate & Vanilla Tahini Cookies

These showstopper cookies are so easy to make, chewy on the inside, crispy on the edges, and just melt in your mouth!



Servings: 12

  • 1/4 cup Soom Foods Chocolate Sea Salt Tahini
  • 1/4 cup Soom Foods Vanilla Bean Tahini
  • 8 tbsp Unsalted Butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Cane Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 large Egg Yolk
  • 1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • Sesame Seeds, for rolling


1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter and sugars together to beat for 2 minutes on HIGH speed.
2. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and baking soda together.
3. Add the flour mixture into the butter bowl, and stir just until combined.
4. Divide the batter into two bowls. Add the chocolate tahini in one bowl, and the vanilla bean tahini in the other bowl. Stir each individual batter just until combined.
5. Lay out a large sheet of saran wrap on a clean surface.
6. With wet hands, press the regular cookie batter in a rectangular shape on the Saran wrap (about 10x12”).
7. Add the chocolate batter on top.
8. Use the Saran wrap as a helper to roll up the dough in a log-like shape.
9. Wrap tightly in the Saran wrap and freeze for at least 20 minutes.
10. Slice into 1” thick cookies, roll the edges in sesame seeds and place a parchment line baking sheet pan.
11. Bake at 350F for 8-12 minutes. Until set in the center and golden along the edges.

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