Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Cocoa-Tahini Cookies with Sesame Crunch

June 19, 2018 at 8:45 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 6 Comments
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cocoa-tahini cookies with sesame crunch

I know I said in my last DC post that we were super on-trend with the Swedish fika snacks, but if there’s one ingredient that’s so hot right now, I think it’s tahini, and it’s not just for hummus anymore. Boy, the month of June has seen the TWD coolness factor go way up– haha! Bring on the tahini in baked goods, I say…these Cocoa-Tahini Cookies with Sesame Crunch are delicious. The tahini gives the cookies a richness and a slight savoriness. The sesame flavor is reinforced with bits of sesame brittle mixed into the batter (I also sprinkled some black and white sesame seeds on top of the cookies before baking), while the cocoa flavor is backed up with a ton of chopped dark chocolate. Yum.

A couple of the folks who made these cookies for the previous posting noted that the homemade sesame brittle gave them some issues and suggested using store-bought sesame snap candy instead. In fact, these cookies were partially inspired by the sesame candies Dorie’s grandma used to buy, so even though I can’t say that I’d ever had them myself until now, I didn’t feel too bad about taking that cheat. I easily found some Greek sesame candy at Sahadi’s, one of my favorite shops in Brooklyn, which I rough chopped so I’d get a few intact bits in each cookie.

For the recipe, see Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll and please join us if you haven’t already.  (If you are looking for other desserty ideas for your jar of tahini, the tahini and halva brownies from Sweet are also highly recommended by yours truly.)

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  1. Good move to use the sesame candies. I really enjoyed these cookies.

  2. We had the same love affair with these cookies. I liked that you put sesame seeds on top.

  3. I love tahini! It’s funny to think that the things I ate as a kid like tahini and halva back in Yugoslavia are now trendy. I could have eaten the sesame crunch in this recipe on its own. The entire thing! However it did disappear in the rich chocolate cookie. I will try this store bought Sesame Snaps next time. They look wonderful!

  4. I love that this month’s recipes are so on trend. Although I made the bars so long ago, I think I must have been ahead of the curve. I made the cookies last night and loved them. Yours are so pretty with their sesame sprinkle! It’s good to know Sesame Snaps work well here for an even quicker bake. And I love the brownies from Sweet. They were a big hit with my family at Christmastime.

  5. Did you get the tahini at Seed & Mill? (I think that’s what you had said, but maybe I imagine it!). These look just like my cup of tea, pun intended!

    On Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 9:46 PM a whisk and a spoon wrote:

    > steph (whisk/spoon) posted: ” I know I said in my last DC post that we > were super on-trend with the Swedish fika snacks, but if there’s one > ingredient that’s so hot right now, I think it’s tahini, and it’s not just > for hummus anymore. Boy, the month of June has seen the TWD coolne” >

    • yes, that’s where i got it. hard to just get a jar of tahini from them…always wind up with a couple slabs of halva, too!


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