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Tahini Swirl Brownies

16 brownies

40 minutes

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The duo of dark chocolate and cocoa powder gave these brownies depth, and the vanilla enhanced the flavor of both of them. The combination of tahini and sugar replicates the sweet sesame flavor of halvah candy but was easier to work with—and to find. Swirling the reserved tahini batter into the chocolate created a visual and textural contrast and let the tahini flavor shine. The best way to marble the brownies was to run the tip of a paring knife through the dollops of batter.




Don’t skip stirring the tahini before measuring; the solids often sink to the bottom.

40 minutes


  • 4

    tablespoons salted butter (½ stick), plus more for pan

  • 4

    ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped


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Nimra B.
June 25, 2023
Best brownies ever!
I lost my love of brownies 7 years ago after eating singular note and texture of brownies. They were either too sweet or not enough chewy. I tried them since I love the manic of tahini and I was blown away! I’m a born-again brownie lover. The texture, mellow tahini flavor, subtle nuttiness and just-right sweetness with the extreme fudginess of the brownies was perfect! I can’t make brownies any other way now, thanks Milkstreet!
Jan B.
April 8, 2024
Fudgy, Delicious
Very rich taste and texture. Better than I expected!
Michele R.

"These are the best brownies I have eaten in my life." That text from a tradesperson not given to absolutes in expression and to whom we had gifted a half dozen of these in a takeaway container when she commented that whatever we baked that morning sure smelled good. We too think these may be the best ever and have made this recipe multiple times. The outcome has been delicious every time. Be sure to let them cool thoroughly before cutting. And the kind / quality of tahini makes all the difference.

Ann Marie P.

I baked this today, crossing my fingers. My husband loved it! Thank you!

Gregory M.

My wife always complain about stuff being too sweet and I see sugar in the recipe is about 30% by weight. Is there any room to reduce amount of sugar without compromising a structure of brownies?

reginald allen w.

Great adult-flavored brownies. Just the right sweetness and they look good.

Courtney G.

These might be the best brownies I have ever had! Amazing!!!

Susan DeAnn H.

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Jarrod C.

Way too dry. And not as soft as I would prefer. Meh.

Milk Street S.

fantastic flavor. I cut mine into 25 portions mini bites, as they are very rich. The key, is following the cooking direction "Bake until the edges are set but the center remains moist, 28 to 32 minutes" - overcooked and they will be dry. getting the very thick tahina batter to swirl nicely may take a bit of practice- but worth it.

Kelsey C.

These are very good! I have had success using gluten free flour and semi sweet chocolate as substitutes. Also, 1/2 cup of the tahini mixture came out to be 120 grams, in case you are like me and don't want to get another measuring cup dirty :)