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Tahini & Chocolate Chip Cookies [vegan]

As-Salamu Alaikum,

These cookies are the best 'vegan' recipe I’ve ever tried, you do not miss the butter or eggs at all.

Made using Tahini; a paste made from ground hulled sesame seeds and popularly used in middle eastern dishes such as hummus, tahini has 10 main health benefits:

1.       It’s rich in minerals such as phosphorus, lecithin, magnesium, potassium and iron. 

2.       It's a good source of Methionine, which aids in liver detoxification

3.       It’s one of the best sources of calcium out there. 

4.       It’s high in vitamin E and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15. 

5.       Helps to promote healthy cell growth. 

6.       Prevent anemia. 

7.       Helps to maintain healthy skin and muscle tone. 

8.       It has 20% complete protein, making it a higher protein source than most nuts. 

9.       It's easy for your body to digest because of its high alkaline mineral content, which is great for assisting in weight loss. 

10.   It is high in unsaturated fat (good fat!)

Tahini is an acquired taste but throw in sugar and you can pretty much get everyone loving it, hence why Turkish halwa/halva is so popular but wow throw in chocolate chips and you have something your taste buds won’t be able to resist hence, I advise you make a double batch and share them with your friends/family immediately.

To give these cookies a true taste of north Africa I added a tablespoon of orange blossom water which worked well with the bitter dark chocolate and offset the sweet caramel taste from the unrefined brown sugar but if you want to sure you can leave it out, you can use some vanilla as per the original recipe or even rose water would still work but just remember with flavoured waters a little goes a long way by no means do you have to use a tablespoon it’s all down to personal preference and as most flavourings out there they are of different strengths so experiment.

You will adore these soft, dense and satisfyingly chewy cookies, they can even be slightly crisp on the edges if you bake them long enough.

I don’t know about you but I prefer cookies just a tad under baked (cookie= scant 1/4 cup bake 8-9 minutes) and with no egg in the recipe no worries of giving anyone food poisoning, big +

As I bake to inshaAllah please all, husband gets his with golden edges (cookie = scant 1/4 cup bake 10 minutes)

 I even made slightly smaller ones for the kids ( cookie = 2 tbsp bake 7-8minutes) not that they are happier having smaller ones...

I used 53% dark chocolate chips  in my cookies which I purchased from Chocolate Trading Company, it’s a great site for everyone with lots of details and ingredients list you are bound to find a chocolate or 2 to suit you. Of course, being Muslim I advise you choose those containing no alcohol.

What is your favourite type of cookie/biscuit?

Tahini & Chocolate Chip Cookies

adapted slightly from here
Makes around 12-18 (depending on size, see below)

1cup =250ml (British Standard)


  • ¼  c caster sugar

  • ¾ c unrefined light brown sugar (I used muscovado), packed.

  • ⅔ c tahini (stir well before measuring)

  • ¼ c vegan margarine 

  • ¼ c made up of 1 tbsp orange blossom water and water.

  • 1½ c plain flour

  • ½ tsp baking soda

  • ½ tsp salt

  • ¾ c chocolate chips

  • Method

    1. Preheat oven to 375F/190C/170C Fan
    2. Line a cookie sheet with foil.
    3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together sugars, tahini, margarine.
    4. Beat in water and any flavourings you wish to add.
    5. In a small mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt.
    6. Add dry mixture to wet; beat to combine. Dough will be stiff but not dry.
    7. Fold in chocolate chips.
    8. Using an ice cream scoop (about a scant ¼ cup), place 6 balls of dough on a cookie sheet or using 2 tablespoons  of dough per cookie, place 8-10 balls of dough on a cookie sheet.
    9. Flatten balls to desired cookie thickness, mine were about 1/4-1/2cm thick.
    10. Bake between 7-10 minutes (see post for more details)
    11. Let cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
    12. Store in sealed container or cookie jar. Best eaten within 3days.
    *Disclosure: I wasn’t asked or paid to advertise any company in this post, all opinions are my own.

    Please note, after a friend tried this recipe using butter (instead of margarine) she found the cookies to be too dry. this might be due to a number of things i.e. the tahini being too thick, measuring inaccurately etc, therefore if you want to make this recipe non vegan please by all means go ahead use butter but if you find the mixture too dry you can add/beat in 1 egg or add more water to get the consistency right.

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    At 24 October 2013 at 13:09 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'm soooo happy that you posted this! I've been looking for a good tahini cookie recipe to use because I have a large jar of Tahini that I need to finish in the refrigerator and I'm tired of eating hummus :) InshAllah I'll be making these today!

    At 24 October 2013 at 14:34 , Blogger Unknown said...

    InshaAllah sister enjoy and do feel free to share the recipe, assuming you find these cookies blog worthy <3

    At 24 October 2013 at 19:12 , Blogger Noor said...

    Oh mashAllah they sure look good I will try them next time inshAllah.

    At 24 October 2013 at 21:16 , Blogger Unknown said...

    Thank you noor, inshaAllah you bake and enjoy them with talal <3

    At 26 October 2013 at 21:06 , Blogger Aiza said...

    Salaam x
    Look at those gorgeous chocolate chips. Yum. The cookies look great though it is a bit different combination. :)

    At 29 October 2013 at 20:04 , Blogger Unknown said...

    Wa alaikum salam,
    Thank you Aiza

    At 31 October 2013 at 11:46 , Blogger Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory) said...

    Very interesting cookie recipe, looks so tempting.

    At 1 November 2013 at 20:22 , Blogger Unknown said...

    Thank you Ambreen you should try it sometime, inshaAllah
    Wa alaikum salam

    At 3 November 2013 at 10:08 , Blogger Laila said...

    Those cookies look so so so goooood!!


    At 3 November 2013 at 21:04 , Blogger Unknown said...

    Thank you Laila <3 wa salam alaikum

    At 6 November 2013 at 13:41 , Blogger Unknown said...

    Delicious and yummy

    At 18 November 2013 at 20:47 , Blogger Unknown said...


    Mm... mashaAllah! I remember seeing these on instagram and getting really excited to see the recipe! :)

    At 21 November 2013 at 08:12 , Blogger Unknown said...

    Wa alaikum as-salam Aysha, Thank you sister <3 these cookies are a new favourite of mine because they are so easy to make and tasty alhamdulillah give the recipe a try sometime inshaAllah

    At 22 November 2013 at 14:10 , Blogger Senka I said...

    Hi Asmaa,

    We’ve recently launched the website Alldishes.co.uk. It’s a search engine that aims to gather all the best recipes from UK and Irish websites and blogs. We’ve noticed that you have a lot of great looking recipes on your blog that we would love to feature on our site. To read more about how it all works and to sign up with your blog, please visit http://alldishes.co.uk or send us an email on info@alldishes.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!
    Kind regards,

    At 22 November 2013 at 20:27 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Look delicious!...Always good to find other halaal food blogs:)

    At 23 November 2013 at 07:15 , Blogger Unknown said...

    Salam alaikum, JazakAllah khair I just visited your blog MashaAllah homemade ricotta and your pizza looks delicious. I did try leaving a comment over there but not sure you received it? Me too I always like finding and connecting with other sisters halal food blogs.

    At 23 November 2013 at 07:16 , Blogger Unknown said...

    Thank you Senka I will check out your site now.


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