Tahini Cookies

There are no words to be spoken on a persistently rainy day when only thing you can do is either watch re-runs of something – anything –  curled up on the couch with your dog.


Or you can take a break from that, and not only make these cookies, but also try a pistachio-olive oil cake recipe and fail miserably. Or bake oatmeal-raisin cookies only to find out you don’t have raisins but lots of chocolate chips to substitute, and then realize that the recipe yields seven – 7 – dozen after you mix all the ingredients. Then you can finish your day with trying to roast a chicken on a cast iron skillet just to give that skillet a workout.



And throughout all this, I assure you your dog will keep sleeping on the couch, occasionally giving you a look of “What the heck are you doing in the kitchen? Come back under the blanket here!”

Then you make coffee, grab the tahini cookies and head to the couch.


Tahini Cookies

  • 1 egg (white and yolk separated)
  • 1 cup of tahini
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter – very soft at room temperature
  • 1.5 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of finely chopped walnuts
  • 2.5 – 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. With a wooden spoon or spatula, break the egg yolk in a big mixing bowl, add tahini and stir until combined.

2. Add softened butter to the bowl, stir until all mixed together. Add sugar and continue stirring.

3. Add walnuts, give it a stir again. Add 2.5 cups of flour. If the dough is not coming together, gradually add more flour until the dough stays together when you can make a walnut size piece balls.

4. Dip the top of each ball in egg white, then sesame seeds.

5. Place cookies in a cookie sheet, lined with Silpat or parchment paper. Or grease the cookie sheet.

6. Bake in preheated oven for about 30 min or until the bottoms are golden brown. It will be soft when you touch it but it will harden once it cools.



  1. by Tuğba Tekeli
    4:51 am
    Apr 29, 2013

    Sevgili İlke;
    Bugün sabah kahvemi içerken yanında kurabiye olsa keşke diye aklımdan geçirmiştim hem de tahinli kurabiye. Çok uzun zamandır yemedim o mis kokulu kurabiyelerden. Derken bir de baktım sen tahinli kurabiyeyi yazmışsın o harika kahve fincanları eşliğinde. Şimdi bir yerlerden tahin bulmam ve kurabiyelerimi pişirip kahve eşliğinde yemem gerekiyor:) Ellerine sağlık. Tarif için de teşekkür ederim:)
    Kocaman sevgilerimle

  2. by Angie@Angie's Recipes
    11:23 am
    Apr 29, 2013

    With all the nuts, seeds and butter, these cookies must be heavenly.

  3. by Susan
    1:52 pm
    Apr 29, 2013

    This has been such a cold and rainy spring here so I’ve spent a lot more time in the kitchen too. Thankfully, we’ve had a little warm up lately and it is finally starting to look like spring and I’ll be spending very little time in the kitchen :)

    I’ve never used tahini for making cookies before but they do look delicious! I’ll be they are perfect with coffee or tea.

  4. by Joy (My Turkish Joys)
    1:54 pm
    Apr 29, 2013

    Yum, one of my favorite Turkish cookies. This has been bookmarked! Thanks for sharing, Ilke! :-)

  5. by nicole
    3:13 pm
    Apr 29, 2013

    sounds terrific!!!!

  6. by john@kitchenriffs
    9:13 pm
    Apr 29, 2013

    Sounds like a great way to spend a rainy day! These cookies look terrific – super flavor. Love the overhead shot – really pretty (all the pictures are, but that one particularly caught my attention). Good stuff – thanks.

  7. by Ilke
    10:36 pm
    Apr 29, 2013

    Thank you guys, definitely a keeper for a tahini lover, but it might be a tad bit strong for ones who are not used to it.

  8. by Ozlem's Turkish Table
    6:49 am
    Apr 30, 2013

    Yummy Ilke :) And they look so good next to the Turkish coffee, great photos as always, very inspiring :) In Antakya, they make a kombe cookies with tahini in it, and I tried a savory version to this, tahini adds a wonderful flavor – eline saglik :)

  9. by Monet
    10:37 pm
    May 1, 2013

    These look so very good Ilke. I love tahini, but I don’t bake with it very much. Thank you for sharing. I hope to try these too. We’ve had some bad weather lately and cookies sound like the perfect cure.

  10. by Lell Trogdon
    4:30 pm
    Jan 29, 2015

    I want one right now!! Actually, I want two and time for a cup of turkish coffee with you!

  11. by Ilke
    7:09 pm
    Jan 29, 2015

    We should plan on that!

  12. by Zari Bahrani
    1:22 pm
    Jan 30, 2015

    Looks delicious!

  13. by Zari Bahrani
    3:06 pm
    Jan 30, 2015

    Looks delicious.


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