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Tahini Shortbread Cookies

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These tahini shortbread cookies are buttery and crisp, yet tender and delicious. Perfectly simple, tahini adds a subtle nutty flavor. Great with hot coffee, wonderful with tea.
Course Desserts & Sweet Treats
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, cookies, shortbread, tahini
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Additional Time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 126
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 2 sticks 1 cup or 1/2 pound softened unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoon heavy cream


  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the butter and tahini until light and creamy.
  • Next add in the sugar, salt and vanilla, blending until smooth. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl.
  • Alternate adding in 1 cup of flour, mix until just combined before adding in 1 tablespoon of heavy cream, then repeat until all of the flour and cream are incorporated.
  • Tip the tahini shortbread cookie dough onto a clean surface, form a rectangle and divide in half.
  • Form each half of dough into roughly a 2x6 log, wrap and refrigerate for 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 350° and line a metal, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
  • Remove the first cookie dough log from the fridge. Slice cookies 1/2-inch thick (12 cookies) and bake 1-inch apart for 18 to 20 minutes or until the tops of your shortbread are slightly golden.
  • Leave cookies on the cookie sheet for 2 to 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
  • Repeat with second log of cookie dough.
  • Once cool, store in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg