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Tahini and Browned Butter Cookies

Makes 18 cookies

45 minutes plus cooling

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Tahini isn’t just for hummus and sauces. Here it gives rich, chewy cookies a nutty flavor and pleasant bitterness that plays off the sweetness of the sugar. Browned butter is butter that is cooked until the milk solids caramelize, which infuses the fat with a flavor reminiscent of toasted nuts. The browned butter in these cookies accentuates the sesame notes of the tahini. The cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days.


18 cookies

45 minutes

plus cooling


  • 2

    cups all-purpose flour

  • 1

    teaspoon baking soda


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Melissa B.
September 25, 2023
AMAZING! This is by far, the best browned butter cookie recipe
AMAZING! This is by far, the best browned butter cookie recipe I've ever tried. I made a batch on Saturday for a house party and literally I decorated the platter and came back 10 minutes later and they were all gone ;-). I used Soom Premium Tahini and I will only use this brand because it makes a huge difference from cheaper brands. There is a reason why Milk Street sells this brand!
Michael H.
December 13, 2022
Amazing, but chonky!
These taste amazing! The combo of browned butter and tahini give the cookie depth, very glad I went out on a limb to add these to the holiday cookie repertoire. My only note to other cooks is these are LARGE cookies. You will need a full size rimmed baking sheet to get 9 of these on a pan. Even with those it’s close, so watch your spacing. Milk Street Magicians, any thoughts on how you could adjust the recipe to make smaller cookies?
Meghan M.
June 9, 2023
Great Flavor, a Little Dry
This recipe was a big hit in my family! Everyone loved them, the flavor is great but I feel like they were a bit dry and overly crispy. I prefer a softer cookie, so maybe the baking time should be reduced to 13-14 minutes? I wonder if the tahini and brown sugar make them crispy? After 2 days, they tasted stale to me...
John S.
November 21, 2023
They went over very well. I did half with Chocolate dipped and half without, which was good because some liked it plain and others with the chocolate. Next time I'll try drizzling the chocolate. That would spread a smaller amount across each bit of the cookie.
Kristine M.
November 14, 2023
Super crispy, delicious flavor
I was really disappointed in these at first. I didn't like how crispy they were. Also, they seemed to improve in flavor after a day or two. They had a really nice toffee flavor that was fantastic with coffee. My spouse and neighbors loved them from day one. Still, my quest for the tahini cookie of my dreams continues.