Tahini Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These are not your average chocolate chip cookies. These tahini chocolate chunk cookies are soft on the inside and crisp on the outside.

They’re ooey-gooey addicting. And, they taste nutty without the use of any nuts! 

Tahini Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Last week, I confessed my tahini obsession (see tahini chocolate banana cake). I took a cookie recipe I already liked and substituted tahini for some of the butter. This is my NEW favorite cookie…I love it almost as much as a cookie from Levain Bakery.

While the tahini flavors are not very prominent, you do notice a sense of nuttiest with each bite. (It’s pretty amazing that sesame seeds can provide “nutty” flavor without the use of actual nuts.)

These cookies are soft and chewy on the side with just the right amount of crisp along the edges.

Tahini Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I had to immediately pack up these tahini chocolate chunk cookies and make Alex take them to work. If these are left alone with me, who knows how many I may eat in one sitting.

I love chocolate chip cookies of all sorts. Be it thin and crispy or soft and chewy, give me cookies any which way and I’ll enjoy them. There’s something about the combination of butter, sugar, flour, and chocolate that makes me lose all control.

I’m a bit of a cookie monster, which is why I try to avoid making cookies. They’re my Achilles’ heel.

Tahini Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These tahini chocolate chunk cookies take me to my happy place. I’d like to take you guys there, too.

Tahini Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Yield: makes 22 cookies

Author Maryanne Cabrera


  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs, room temp
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 10 oz (2 cups) dark chocolate chunks
  • white sesame seeds, to top dough as needed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

  3. Cream butter. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar. Mix until smooth. Scrape down bowl as needed to ensure thorough mixing. Add eggs and mix until incorporated. Add tahini and mix until combined.

  4. Add flour mixture and mix until there are no longer any dry streaks of flour. Fold in chocolate chunks until evenly distributed.

  5. Cover cookie dough with plastic wrap and place in the fridge. Allow to chill for an hour until dough is slightly cool to the touch.

  6. Use a #24 cookie scoop to portion out the dough. Place dough on a parchment lined tray at least 2-inch apart from each other. Sprinkle sesame seeds over dough. Bake for 14-18 minutes until the edges of the cookies are crisp and the middle is still a bit soft. Allow to cool in pan until cookies are firm enough to move to a wire rack to cool .

Tahini Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Joleen @ Joleen Cuisine

I’ve heard a lot about tahini but still haven’t tried it myself but just wanted to say these cookies look amazing.

P.S. Your photography and blog continue to inspire me :)

Kara | Sorghum and Starch

OMG, these look so good! I love tahini, and tahini and chocolate is such a great pairing.

Keith @ How's it Lookin?

I gotta try these. Chocolate chunk cookies are the best. Thanks for sharing

Claudia | The Brick Kitchen

I still haven’t used tahini in sweet baking but you have so convinced me that I need to give it a go asap! Sounds amazing in these chocolate chip cookies, and your photos are gorgeous too <3

    Maryanne Cabrera

    Tahini is a little bitter on it’s own but it does wonders in sweets! Thanks so much! :)


Thank you for this delicious recipe – I made a half batch, omitting the cinnamon (although I’m sure it’s good, too). These are some of the best cookies I’ve ever made, and I have made a ton of cookies. The tahini is fairly subtle – you almost smell it more than taste it but it makes the cookies so, so good.

p.s. my husband asked me to send you his love! That’s how delicious these cookies are.

    Maryanne Cabrera

    Hi Karen! You are very welcome! Thanks for commenting. I’m so glad you and your husband enjoyed the cookies. It means a lot :)

Jervain Watson

Starting to bake more and made these lovely cookies and they were amazing. The recipe was easy to follow and the cookies tasted delicious, everyone I gave them to loved them. I will definitely make these a staple in my baking repatroir and will definitely be looking at more recipes on your website.

P.s I would like to say, being from England, i’m always curious why US uses “cup” measuring systems over just a standard measuring system across all things. something for me to research haha


Hi, Maryanne!
I guess you needed a lot of mental strength to give the cookies to Alex! :-)
Thanks for the recipe!

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