Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies

These chocolate chip tahini cookies pack a nutritional punch with fiber, healthy fats and protein, plus they’re vegan & gluten-free!

I’m going to come out and say it. This is one of the best cookie recipes I’ve ever created! They are ridiculously good.

When it comes to baked goods I’m all about the crunch factor. I like a little crunch to my cookies and I absolutely LOVE it when muffins have crunchy muffin top edges. It’s the best. These cookies have the best of both worlds – a bit crunchy around the edges and chewy in the center. Perfection.

Chocolate chip tahini cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Tahini in Desserts

If you’ve never heard of (or baked with) tahini, let me introduce you to one my favorite ingredients! Tahini is ground sesame seeds. That’s it! As expected, it has the consistency of other nut and seed butters. It’s packed with protein, fiber and many necessary vitamins and minerals. Tahini is used in Middle-Eastern dishes and savory recipes like my zesty tahini dressing and this roasted butternut squash pasta with tahini sauce, but it adds an amazing flavor and texture to baked goods too. If you’ve ever tried halva you’ll know how good tahini can taste in sweet recipes. And it is the secret ingredient to making these cookies aka the best cookies ever…

Plate with chocolate chip tahini cookies. A glass of milk is beside the plate.

Here’s What You Need:

  • tahini
  • maple syrup
  • cinnamon and sea salt
  • ground flaxseed  
  • baking soda
  • vanilla extract
  • unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • dark chocolate chips
  • coconut flour

Grain-Free, Gluten-Free & Vegan

They’re made with all wholesome ingredients (maple syrup, unsweetened coconut, dark chocolate) and they’re a great option for folks with special dietary needs because they’re gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free and vegan. I’ve pretty much got all your bases covered.

Stack of chocolate chip tahini cookies.

How to Make Tahini Cookies

The best part of these tahini cookies? They’re a cinch to whip up. There’s no flour to measure and you only need one mixing bowl a.k.a. less dishes to wash. Score!

The one extra little thing that you have to do is toast your coconut. I know it’s an additional step but you simply must do it. The coconut gets brown, a little crunchy and it adds a nice roasty and toasty flavor to the cookies. Totally worth the 1-3 minutes it will take.

Hand holding a chocolate chip tahini cookie.

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Plate full of vegan tahini chocolate chip cookies.

If you make these tahini chocolate chip cookies, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how they turned out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.

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A plate full of chocolate chip tahini cookies.

Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 17
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

These chocolate chip tahini cookies pack a nutritional punch with fiber, healthy fats and protein, plus they’re vegan & gluten-free!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup tahini
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 Tablespoons water (or 1 egg)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips
  • flaked sea salt, for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray.
  2. Combine ground flaxseed with water in a small bowl and set aside for 5-10 minutes or until thick and gelatinous.
  3. If you’re adding coconut flakes in the recipe preheat a sauté pan to medium heat. Add the coconut flakes and stir constantly until they turn a golden color (this will take about 1-3 minutes). Remove them from the pan and allow to cool. This step is optional, but highly recommended.
  4. Once the flaxseed mixture has setup, use a medium size mixing bowl to combine tahini, maple syrup, flaxseed mixture, seeds (if using), cinnamon, sea salt, baking soda and vanilla. Stir together until everything is incorporated.
  5. Fold in coconut flour, toasted shredded coconut (if using) and dark chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop out the cookie batter using a small/medium cooking scoop or Tablespoon and place on baking sheet giving about 1½ inches between each cookie. Sprinkle a few sea salt flakes on cookies, if using.
  7. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.
  8. Remove from oven to cool on the pan at least 15 minutes before touching or removing. Enjoy right away or store in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Desserts

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 154
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Sodium: 87mg
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: tahini cookies

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    89 comments
  1. Oh mama these are delicious. I made a batch for my dad and of course had to try “just one” to make sure they were ok…make that “just 4”!! They are so chewy in the middle. Fantastic recipe, thank you!

  2. I made these cookies last night and the entire batch is gone – not one crumb left. These cookies are amazingly delicious and super easy to make. Definitely going to be a staple dessert at my house.

    What tahini brand did you use? Wondering you have a preference or if one brand works better than another in this recipe. Thanks again for the fantastic recipe!!!!

    • Ahh yay!! So glad these cookies were a hit. 🙂 Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. As far as tahini brands go, any brand will work – I typically just go for a natural brand (with only tahini or tahini + salt as the ingredient) and whatever is on sale.

  3. These were amazing! It has so much flavor without being too sweet! I can’t wait to make another batch of these!

  4. Hello ! I just made this cookies and they’re amazing. I would like to substitute the honey for coconut sugar could you please tell me how can i? If you have any idea ?

    • Hey Amber – So glad you enjoyed these cookies! I think using coconut sugar will work just fine subbing 1:1 with the maple syrup, but I do want to point out that since you’ll be swapping a liquid sweetener for a non-liquid sweetener you might need to add a splash of milk or water if the batter seems too dry. Keep me posted how these turn out for you!

  5. I’m looking forward to trying these. Can I use regular flour? I don’t want to buy coconut flour just for a couple ofspoonfuls if I can avoid it.
    I love your instagram page! (And I don’t love Instagram)
    Thanks!

    • Hey Isabelle – Yes, that should be okay. You don’t need a ton of flour, it’s mainly to be used if your tahini sauce is runny. I would add 1 Tablespoon of regular flour at a time if the batter seems a bit runny until you reach a good consistency. But if your tahini sauce is thicker you might not even need to add in flour. Let me know how the cookies turn out for you!

  6. Super delicious and chewy! My husband and my 7year old son ate 3 each for dessert tonight. I may eat more later as a bed time snack 😉

  7. I followed the recipe exactly, and these are fantastic. The balance of the bitterness from the sesame with the sweetness of the maple and the nuance of the cinnamon is mind blowing. I love the chewy/crispy texture. My home smells so nice right now:) Thanks for this perfect recipe!

    • Yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Candice. I’m so glad you enjoyed these cookies. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. <3

  8. these were amazing! The hard crunch then to a soft chewy yummy middle was delicious. I absolutely love all your recipes and am so excited to make more ❤️❤️❤️

  9. Second week in a row making these. My hubby cannot get enough of them. We were fortunate to have dinner in a local neighborhood (virus safely of course) & we decided to make dessert these cookies at home. That’s new behavior for us but eating plant based with your recipes helps us eat better! Thanks Brittany!

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear!! I’m so glad these cookies are a hit. 🙂 Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me!

  10. These are INSANE. I literally found myself dreaming about them last night. They are honestly addicting! So chewy and savory yet sweet. Perfection. Thanks for your work on these!

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Nikhita!! I’m so glad you’re loving these cookies. Thanks so much for trying them and for taking the time to leave a comment + star rating. It’s super helpful for other readers, so I appreciate it. 🙂

  11. I made these cookies yesterday, omg, they are sooo good! 😋I followed your recipe except for the flaxseed, I used an egg🥚.They came out crunchy on the outside and chewy in the inside! Oh and I used the coconut flakes, delicious! Thank you Brittany for this recipe!🥰

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Laura! I’m so glad you enjoyed these cookies. Thanks for trying them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it!

  12. Delightful and tasty cookie! While these cookies are not overly sweet, they certainly satisfy a sweet tooth craving!! 🙂 A perfect substitute for the traditional chocolate chip cookie.

    Staying true to the recipe, my cookie dough was thick and sticky, which held up when I scooped each cookie onto my baking stone.

    To those who have noted their cookies came out flat, I would suggest making sure your tahini is completely mixed in it’s container before you measure it out. Tahini tends to separate, like organic nut butter, which result in a paste that sinks to the bottom of the jar and thick oil resting on top of the paste. If the tahini is properly mixed before baking with, I believe the cookie batter will hold together and rise more successfully. Happy baking!

  13. I’m a huge fan of cookies. I make cookies every weekend. Last week, I found this recipe on my friend’s facebook timeline, and I decided to make these cookies in order to give my aunt. And you know what, the taste was really irresistible!!! My aunt was so impressed by these cookies I made. I was so happy. Thank you so much!

  14. EBF has the best recipes! So much inspo cuz i cook very similarly and this cookie recipe takes win! OMFG I could eat this cookie dough without baking. So Soo good!

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Marie-Anne! I’m so glad you enjoyed these cookies. 🙂 Thanks for trying them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me!

  15. Great taste, but mine came out flat. I used an egg instead of flaxseed. Should I have added more coconut flour?

  16. Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies are absolute PERFECTION! Made them last night & I was blown away; glad I ordered 2 jars of tahini. These are a seriously HUGE win, Brittany! Thank you so much!

  17. SO delicious! I was a little incredulous because the ratios seemed wild (mostly tahini), but it’s like magic seeing the mixture turn into the perfect cookie dough. It tastes amazing, the perfect balance of sweet and nutty. The cookies are fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside, and the dough was so good that I saved half to add as an ice cream topper.

    I love the nutritional profile on these, I’m not vegan/ paleo, but to have such a delicious food (that tastes nothing like a health food) with a bunch of iron and omega 3/6s makes this a staple for me. Can’t wait to make again.

    • Ahh this makes me so happy to hear, Nathalie! I’m so glad you enjoyed these cookies! Thanks for trying them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

  18. Love these cookies! They’re so tasty! with the crunch factor on the outside mixed with the soft center – just how I like my cookies!

  19. Is it possible that the cook time is wrong? My cookies burned at 20 minutes. Also, when do u add in chia seeds?

    • Hey Chana – I pinged you on IG, but sorry again for the confusion of the video. I took it down so others don’t get confused! The cook time should be 17-20 minutes depending on the size you make them and your oven temp and if you want to add chia seeds in you can just mix them in when you add the tahini, flaxseed eggs, etc. 🙂

  20. Amazing cookies! They are just perfect, my son and husband love them too! The best part is that I have an entire bag of coconut flour and I never know what to do with it, most of the recipes I have done including it were too dense, which isn’t the case for these heavenly cookies. Thanks a lot!

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Marie-Helene!! I’m so glad these cookies were a hit with your family. Thanks so much for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

  21. Have never tried Tahini before, was unsure as I tasted the batter but was pleasantly surprised after baking!

  22. If I wanted to use regular flour, how much would I use? To clarify, can I use a single egg instead of the flaxseed/water combo? Thank you for your advice. I’m looking forward to making this tomorrow on a lazy Sunday afternoon!

    • Yes, you can use 1 egg instead of the flaxseed egg. You don’t need a ton of flour, it’s mainly to be used if your tahini sauce is runny. I would add 1 Tablespoon of regular flour at a time if the batter seems a bit runny until you reach a good consistency. But if your tahini sauce is thicker you might not even need to add in flour. Let me know how the cookies turn out for you!

  23. These were incredible. Without a doubt the best cookies I have ever had. Crispy, gooey and just perfect!

  24. I am making this with a group of students and am wondering if I could sub tahini for something else and what would work best. There aren’t very many good tahini suppliers near by!

  25. yum, I just licked the mixing bowl clean! They’ve just cooled enough to eat, and I think they are pretty good! I might try some cranberries and pumpkin seeds instead of choc chips next time. Only difference i made in the recipe is that I had shredded sweetened coconut instead of flaked. I think it helped the body of the cookie. thanks!

  26. It was Ziyad brand, and not any more liquidy than normal (at least not more than any of the other brands I’ve bought). I’ll try again and maybe refrigerate the dough to let it harden up a bit and/or add oats!

  27. This recipe completely caught my eye, and I couldn’t wait to make them! However, the dough was very liquid-y for me, too. (I just didn’t have the idea for oats like the other commenter.) Do you have any troubleshooting ideas for next time?

    The cookies taste great; they just spread a lot while baking so they are very thin and baked in about 14 minutes.

  28. I just made these cookies and they turned out amaaaaazing! I was a little apprehensive about the tahini but it worked. I’d recommend this to anyone! Thank you so much for sharing! Looking forward to more recipes! 🙂

    • Yay! So happy that they turned out and that you like them. It’s hard to be believe that there’s no flour and just tahini, right? I brought them to a cookout over the weekend and everyone was shocked.

  29. My batter is total liquid! My tahini was really thin, so it was probably that. I just added some oats to soak a little and I’m sure they will be great! Was your tahini liquidy?

  30. Hi Brittany, do you know if these will work without coconut? My boyfriend is allergic. Is it possible to substitute with almonds or pecans? Btw, I love your blog. It’s one of the few I follow because you post great content consistently.

    • Aww. Thank you lady!

      I’m not 100% sure how they would work without the coconut flakes as I haven’t tried it. The flakes add a nice flavor and texture, but I don’t think they’re essential for the recipe to work. You could probably sub in almonds or just leave the coconut out. Let me know if you try it!

  31. Thanks for the recipe! I can’t believe I actually have all the ingredients in my house. I’ll make these this weekend for sure!

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