Tahini Blossoms

Don't let the classic look of these cookies fool you, there's a secret ingredient inside--tahini! Tahini is a sesame seed paste that tastes wonderful in baked goods such as these unique cookie recipe.

Tahini Blossoms
Photo: Adam Albright
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs


  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 ¼ cup packed light brown sugar

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

  • ¼ cup shortening

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

  • 1 egg

  • 2 egg yolks

  • ¾ cup tahini (sesame seed paste), stirred if separated

  • Sea salt flakes

  • 60 milk chocolate Kisses


  1. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, kosher salt, baking soda, and baking powder.

  2. In a large bowl beat brown sugar, butter, shortening, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and the vanilla on medium until combined. Add egg and egg yolks; beat on low until combined. Add tahini; beat on medium until combined. Add flour mixture. Beat on low until combined.

  3. Chill, covered, 30 minutes or until firm enough to handle. Roll into 2-teaspoon balls (1 1/4 inches). Place remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a small bowl. Roll balls in sugar to coat. Arrange on a prepared cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt. Cover with plastic wrap. Freeze 2 hours or until firm.

  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Transfer 16 dough balls to remaining cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown, rotating sheet halfway through. Immediately after removing from oven, gently press a Kiss in the center of each cookie. Let cool on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining dough balls. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days. Makes 60 cookies.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

119 Calories
7g Fat
15g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 119
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 74mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0.1mg 1%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 28mg 1%
Folate, total 17.8mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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