Vegan Sesame Tahini Cookies (Gluten Free)

Just 7 ingredients for the best vegan tahini cookies—buttery-rich, crisp sesame coating, tender crumb. Delicious sesame tahini cookies that are gluten free! 

Buttery-rich. Nutty. Crispy on the outside. Soft on the inside. And bitter. Yep, bitter. That one word pretty much sums up the first and longest-lasting impression of nearly any recipe testing trial I’ve ever had. Lol. And you can thank these vegan tahini cookies trials for that.

But not to worry, I wasn’t gonna let the best sesame tahini cookies recipe EVER go anywhere near that word. Especially not when Erik kept giving me that scrunched-up, why-is-this-so-bitter face when taste-testing them…

I especially especially wasn’t gonna go anywhere near that word when these vegan tahini cookies were a super special request from my sister Penny’s beloved (and amazing) friend, Emily. I mean, a girl’s gotta not endanger her sister’s great friendship with highly questionable recipes make sure to rightfully honor the specialness that is her wonderful sister’s sweet, kind and happens-to-be-gluten free (yeah!!) friend.

So are you ready to see how I turned a bitter frown upside down into the most delicious vegan tahini cookies smile ever? Let’s bake this!

How to Make Vegan Tahini Cookies 

Learn how to make vegan tahini cookies the easy way, with just a few simple steps:

Preheat

Before you even grab the sesame tahini cookie ingredients, be sure to preheat the oven. Then, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Fold

Fold all tahini cookie ingredients together (except sesame seeds) in a bowl, making sure everything is well mixed. You’ve just made your sesame tahini cookie dough!

Scoop & Roll

Scoop and drop balls of tahini cookie dough into a small bowl filled with the sesame seeds. Roll each ball around until fully coated with sesame seeds. 

Flatten

Place each sesame-coated tahini cookie dough ball onto the baking sheet you prepared earlier. Flatten each cookie.

Bake, Cool and Enjoy

Bake, cool and enjoy the best vegan tahini cookies! How easy was that? 😉

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Perfect Sesame Tahini Cookies: the Taste & Texture

These sesame tahini cookies are bursting with just the perfect amount of nutty tahini flavor and buttery-rich notes. The natural bitterness of tahini has been soothed and balanced out with the creaminess of almond butter.

Imagine sesame tahini cookies that are crispy on the outsidesoft and tender on the inside, with a crisp sesame coating for a flair of crunch. These vegan tahini cookies bake up nice and big—just the perfect portion size!

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Testimonials

Laureen says, Wow! I just made these, and my house smells amazing. They look beautiful, even though I wasn’t quite able to make them all the same exact size, but I admit I tasted one while it was still warm – and it was heaven!

Krissy says, These are great. I didn’t get any of the bitterness that I expected from the tahini. I am new to your blog and I love it. Thank you for the delicious recipes!”

Cindy says, Just made these! They are wonderful…Thank-you for yummy recipes I can make for diabetic hubs, and are healthier for me… Meant to say the cookies held together well, I had stirred my tahini very well. And they were the consistency of a pecan sandie – LOVED them! 

How to Make These Sesame Tahini Cookies Gluten Free

You might be wondering how to make these sesame tahini cookies gluten free. Guess what? All you have to do is follow the recipe! All of the ingredients I used are gluten free, so you’ll be able to enjoy the best gluten free tahini cookies without changing the recipe one bit. 😉

Storing Instructions For Sesame Tahini Butter Cookies

Store your sesame tahini cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. Make sure to keep them away from direct sunlight or heat sources, to avoid spoiling. You can keep these vegan tahini butter cookies for up to 2 weeks!

Nutty tahini flavor and buttery-rich notes, crispy on the outside, soft and tender on the inside, with a crisp sesame coating—the BEST vegan sesame tahini cookies.

Vegan Sesame Tahini Cookies (Gluten Free): just 7 ingredients for the best vegan tahini cookies—buttery-rich, crisp sesame coating, tender on the inside. Delicious sesame tahini cookies that are gluten free! #Vegan #Sesame #Tahini #GlutenFree #Cookies | Recipe at BeamingBaker.com

You’re drooling already, aren’t you? There’s no shame in it. Here, have my napkin. 😉 Just know that I’m grateful and joyful that you’re here, sharing in these baking adventures with me and your loved ones. ‘Til the next tasty one…

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️

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Vegan Sesame Tahini Cookies (Gluten Free)


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Vegan Sesame Tahini Cookies (Gluten Free): just 7 ingredients for the best vegan tahini cookies—buttery-rich, crisp sesame coating, tender on the inside. Delicious sesame tahini cookies that are gluten free!


Ingredients

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Sesame Tahini Cookies

  • ½ cup unsalted tahini
  • ½ cup natural, unsalted creamy almond butter
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons warm water, whisked together, set for 15 minutes)
  • ¼ cup + 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)

Sesame Seed Coating

  • ¼ cup sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or greased foil. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, add all ingredients except sesame seeds. Using a rubber spatula, stir and fold until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Pour sesame seeds into a shallow bowl. Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop and roll cookie dough into balls. Drop each ball into the bowl of sesame seeds. Roll and press until all dough balls are fully coated in seeds.
  4. Place cookie dough balls onto the baking sheet, spaced evenly apart, with enough room to spread quite a bit—these cookies will bake up big. Using the palm of your hand or a spoon, gently flatten cookies to desired thickness. If desired, press together any large cracks that form around the edges of cookies—some cracks are natural & pretty!
  5. Bake for 10-14 minutes. Mine took 12 minutes. Place cookie sheet on a cooling rack, and allow cookies to cool directly on the sheet for 15-20 minutes—do not remove from sheet for at least 15 minutes, as cookies are fragile. Then, using a spatula, gently transfer cookies directly onto the cooling rack to cool for about 30 minutes, or until completely cooled. Enjoy! Storing notes below.

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Notes

Storing Instructions: Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Information is an estimate based on the best-selling, most common brands per ingredient. Also, it’s estimated based on 14 servings per recipe. 🙂

  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Category: Desserts, Snacks
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 big cookie
  • Calories: 153
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 23mg
  • Fat: 11g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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77 Comments

  1. These are so delicious and yummy! My son absolutely loves these! As soon as I saw this recipe, I immediately made sure I got all the ingredients. I’ll definitely make these again!

  2. My family was very happy with this recipe! I reduced the sugar by 2 tbsp, but still found it very satisfying.
    Thanks Demeter : )

  3. Sooo delicious! I was low on seed/nut butters, and have a nut allergy, so I used 1/2 cup of tahini and just 1/4 of wow butter (soy butter), added 2 tbsp of AP flour and t tbsp of chocolate chips, and it worked perfectly.

    Thanks for a great recipe 🙂

  4. Hi Demeter, I love tahini and made your beautiful cookies this morning! Next time I make them do you think I could use 100 percent tahini and leave out the almond butter? 😊

    1. Hi Nancy, tahini is sooo good! Unfortunately, I wouldn’t recommend it since tahini can be a bit bitter on its own. Also, I’m sure you’ve noticed how it’s much more liquidy than almond butter, so that has the potential to mess with the recipe as well. As always, I welcome you to experiment, so if you give it a try, let me know how it turns out. 🙂 Happy Baking!

  5. Thank you. These are amazing my only issue is they crumble so easily. Thinking maybe I’ll use an egg & skip the flax egg next time. I did let my flax mixture sit 15 minutes but it never gelled. Maybe a chia mix might work better?

    1. You’re so welcome Michelle! Hm, if the flax isn’t gelling up then it definitely isn’t working properly, and that will affect the texture and structure of the cookies. If you try it with chia or a regular egg, let me know how it goes!

  6. Wow! I just made these, and my house smells amazing. They look beautiful, even though I wasn’t quite able to make them all the same exact size, but I admit I tasted one while it was still warm – and it was heaven!

      1. Yes, my hubby and I very much enjoyed the cooled down cookies. And last night I craved total decadence- so I made chocolate “nice cream” and crumbled in two of these babies and it was heavenly, yet so much healthier than a brownie sundae (and tasted better too). Thanks for providing this excellent recipe!

  7. These are great. I didn’t get any of the bitterness that I expected from the tahini. I am new to your blog and I love it. Thank you for the delicious recipes!

    1. Hi Krissy! Let me give you a warm welcome!! Welcome! Hehe. 🙂 So happy you noticed it wasn’t bitter—I was super careful about balancing that out. Hope you enjoy exploring & let me know if you need any help finding a recipe!

    2. Wow these are great. I used a ripe banana in place of flax egg because I needed to use them up. Perfection.
      Thank you