Gluten-Free Tahini Cookies

by Erin

These tahini cookies make look fancy, but they are easy to make and require no chilling. Bonus: they are also gluten and egg free. 

Gluten-Free Tahini Cookies #holidaybaking #glutenfreecookies

As if we really needed more gluttony post-Thanksgiving, it’s holiday cookie season! And today is the timely food holiday of National Cookie Day so I gathered up a dozen other bloggers to give you a baker’s dozen of cookies to celebrate. Whether you need new ideas for a holiday cookie tray or are just craving cookies for yourself, I am certain there is something for everything on the line up today!

Gluten-Free Tahini Cookies #glutenfree #sesameseed

When I hear the words “Christmas cookies” I immediately think of cut-out cookies, but I already shared those so I decided to make something different. I’ve had tahini cookies on my list of recipe ideas for awhile. Originally I planned on making them just like a peanut butter cookie, with tahini instead of peanut butter, but then I saw an image of one coated in sesame seeds and I just had to try it. They may not be as sweet as other cookies but they make up for it in flavor.

#NationalCookieDay 2019

Celebrate #NationalCookieDay with all my fellow cookie fanatics! Below is a list of great cookies to make this holiday:

(Thanks to Erin of The Spiffy Cookie for hosting)

Gluten-Free Tahini Cookies #NationalCookieDay #tahini

Two years ago: Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies

Three years ago: Weekly Meal Plan #41

Four years ago: Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Six years ago: Sausage and Cheese Wonton Cups

Seven years ago: White Chocolate Peppermint Covered Pretzels


Makes 1 dozen


1-1/2 cups almond flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground cardamom

1/8 tsp ground ginger

1/3 cup honey

1/3 cup tahini

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 Tbsp white sesame seeds

1 Tbsp black sesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the almond flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. In a large bowl, whisk the honey, tahini, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until evenly distributed and a dough formd.
  3. Mix sesame seeds in a shallow bowl.
  4. Using a medium (1-1/2 inch) cookie scoop, shape the dough into balls. Roll in sesame seeds, place on prepared baking sheet 2-inches apart, and flatten to 1/4-inch-thick rounds.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until bottoms are golden. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Source: Adapted slightly from Food & Wine.

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Cheese Curd In Paradise December 8, 2019 - 5:17 pm

These are so wonderful and so creative! I love the look of the sesame seeds!

Karen December 4, 2019 - 9:19 pm

Thanks so much for hosting. These sound wonderful for the holiday (National Cookie Day I mean!).

spiffycookie December 5, 2019 - 8:19 am

You’re welcome, thanks for joining!

Hezzi-D December 4, 2019 - 9:10 pm

Such an unusual but delicious sounding cookie!

Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck December 4, 2019 - 5:23 pm

I’m having a hard time even imagining what these would taste like. I guess that means that I’ll just have to make them and see for myself!!! It’s a tough job…but I think I’m up for it!

spiffycookie December 4, 2019 - 8:13 pm

Good thing they are easy to make ;-)

Susan N December 4, 2019 - 3:31 pm

Tahini and sesame seeds!? I am in! These sound amazing.

spiffycookie December 4, 2019 - 8:13 pm

Thanks so much Susan!

Amy (Savory Moments) December 4, 2019 - 1:42 pm

These look and sound really yummy and creative!

spiffycookie December 4, 2019 - 8:14 pm

Thanks Amy!

Audrey December 4, 2019 - 12:43 pm

Oh my, these sound amazing. I know I have tahini, and I found some black sesame seeds on the discount rack recently, so I think I am all set on ingredients.

spiffycookie December 4, 2019 - 8:14 pm

You have no excuse not to make them ;-)

Wendy Klik December 4, 2019 - 8:13 am

I’m so happy to have a gluten free option to put on my cookie tray. Thanks so much, for the recipe and for hosting.

spiffycookie December 4, 2019 - 11:42 am

You’re welcome!


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