These Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies have a modern twist by swapping half the butter in traditional chocolate chip cookies with tahini - a sesame seed paste popular in Middle Eastern cooking. It adds a slight savory taste to the cookies similar to adding sea salt and makes them so flavorful and irresistible.
I know recently there is a lot of hesitation in using butter in recipes. Generally speaking, I don’t cook with butter but I like using it when I fry eggs for my kids, make grilled cheese and sometimes when I bake, especially with cookies. Still, I’m always looking for healthy swaps that don’t compromise taste and texture. The other day, I thought about swapping butter in cookies with tahini, which is a sesame seed paste that I use a lot of my Middle Easter cooking. I google’d it, and sure enough it’s been done! So no point it trying to invent a recipe for chocolate chip tahini cookies, I tested the one from David Lebovitz and it came out just perfect!
Sesame seed paste has a slightly salty taste to it, which is a wonderful complement to the sweet buttery taste of chocolate chip cookies. It does give it small hint of savory flavorful, but it’s comparable to having sea salt on chocolate chip cookies. To me, that balance of sweet and salty is a party in my mouth! With these chocolate chip tahini cookies, like most chocolate chip cookies, it’s best to store the dough in the fridge for 24 hours. But like most cookie batter, this one is simply utterly hard to resist tasting. Wow!
I probably could have made about 24 cookies from the batter, but it was more like 22 from all the pre-baking tasting…oops! You’ll know what I mean when you try this!
If you’re skeptical of trying these chocolate chip tahini cookies, start with swapping only 1, 2 or 4 tablespoons of the butter with tahini, and slowly work up. I can barely taste the tahini once they’re baked but they just have a different unique taste to them. Overall, the cookies are slightly crunchy on the outside, super chewy on the inside and totally chocolatey all over. I’m officially obsessed!