Kitchen Therapy

Cocoa Tahini Cookies with Sesame Crunches



We moved house and have been living on take away food for a while now. The tradesmen have practically moved in with us. Every day I buy them pies for lunch and we sit together eating and chatting. The builder has connected my television, my washing machine, dishwasher and he brings me cakes from the Italian pastry shop near his home. My husband knows that I now refer to the builder as my other husband πŸ™‚
We have been relying on Sara Lee (and the builder) for something sweet!

Finally the inside of the house is kind of, almost, pretty much finished.
And the weekend was cold, wet and extremely windy.
Perfect baking weather to try out my new kitchen (it’s a little empty at the moment!)
I checked the Tuesdays with Dorie baking schedule and knew I had to make these cookies. I love sesame and tahini. I grew up eating halva and often dollop a spoonful (or two or three) of tahini on an apple or just straight into my mouth.

Making the Sesame Crunch was simple, the second time around. Amazing how quickly the sugar goes from light brown to bitter and burnt!
The rest of the cookie was quick and simple. I had all the ingredients I needed on hand.

The family loved these! I have to admit I was a little disappointed I couldn’t taste the sesame as much as I would have liked. They tasted like a chocolate biscuit with a bit of crunch. A very good chocolate biscuit. However I had my heart set on the nutty tahini flavour I loved and I was a little disappointed. The rest of the family were not! They loved the cookies. Maybe next time I will use less cocoa powder…

So good to back in the kitchen! My kitchen πŸ™‚
Can’t wait to see what everyone from the Tuesdays with Dorie group thought of these!


11 thoughts on “Cocoa Tahini Cookies with Sesame Crunches

  1. Your kitchen is beautiful! And these cookies were so good! My sesame crunch did not get crunchy but it still worked in the cookies…

  2. How wonderful your new kitchen must be!!! Looks amazing. Your cookies sound delicious. Maybe you will have to keep trying so that you get the perfect flavor balance!! πŸ˜‰

  3. baking in a new kitchenβ€” so exciting! and you have double ovens (my dream)!! i’m lookong forward to trying these cookies myself next time.

  4. Congratulations on the new house and kitchen. It looks like you are on the home stretch. These cookies sound amazing and I am looking forward to them. If you have Jerusalem cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi, there is a tahini cookie recipe that is pure no chocolate. Try it out and let us know.

  5. Your kitchen looks terrific! I’m glad you’re able to settle in there now. I think I’ll chop the crunch a little more coarsely next time, although I did get a nice sesame flavour in mine.

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