Five Ingredient Tahini Cookies (Gluten Free and Vegan)

Five Ingredient Tahini Cookies (Gluten Free and Vegan)

These five ingredient tahini cookies are one of my favorites. They are crunchy, sweet and and it is hard for me to control myself when I make them. These cookies not only taste great, but they are also grain and refined sugar free. Most cookies are low in nutrients and high in empty calories, but this recipe is very nutritious. The main ingredients are seeds and nuts. They are also sweetened with maple syrup. A serving from my cookies will provide you with good amount of fiber, protein, healthy monounsaturated fats, antioxidants and some vitamins and minerals.

Five Ingredient Tahini Cookies

I’ve created this recipe by combining some of my favorite ingredients. I love sesame and tahini so much! I can honestly have them every single day and I’m never going to be sick of them. When I was a child one of my favorite desserts was tahini halva, which is made from tahini and nuts. These cookies remind me so much of that dessert.

Five Ingredient Tahini Cookies

Helpful Tips

How to Choose a Good Quality Tahini?

A good quality tahini is made only from sesame seeds and nothing else. Check the ingredient list before purchasing. Some salt is acceptable, but no sugar or other oils should be listed. Real tahini is runny and pourable. If your tahini is too thick it is going to be bitter. That is considered a poor-quality tahini or the one that is collected from the bottom of the barrel. Stir or shake your tahini container before measuring because some natural oil separation may occur.

Five Ingredient Tahini Cookies

helpful tips about making the Tahini Cookies

Depending on the brand and quality of the tahini the cookie dough can be more dry or runny. If it is so runny that you can’t form a cookie add some more almond flour. If it is too dry add some more tahini.

In the video I’ve used a small cookie scoop to form the cookies but in the past I made them by using just my hands. Just take a small piece of the dough form a ball and smash it between the palms of your hands. Then press it in a plate with sesame seeds.

Baking time might be different depending on the size of the cookies. Nuts can burn fast so my recommendation is to check them after 10 minutes of baking.

When you remove the five ingredient tahini cookies from the oven, they are going to be soft. If you try to move them right away, they will fall apart. Leave them in the baking sheet for five minutes and then carefully remove them with a spatula. Place them on a cooling rack and cool for ten more minutes before serving. They get crunchy when they are completely cooled off.

To make these cookies Paleo use baking soda instead of baking powder.

Store the cookies in a closed container or a zip lock bag for up to a week. Keep them away from heat and moisture.

Five Ingredient Tahini Cookies

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 20 cookies


  • cup almond flour
  • ½ cup tahini
  • ½ cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds


  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Measure and add almond flour, tahini, maple syrup (or honey) and baking powder in a bowl. Stir well with a spoon until combined.
    Five Ingredient Tahini Cookies
  • Divide the mixture to 20 small balls. Flatten each ball using the palms of your hands until you have a small disc.
    Five Ingredient Tahini Cookies
  • Add the sesame seeds into a plate. Dip the flattened cookie dough in the sesame seeds (one side only). Repeat with the rest of the cookies.
    Five Ingredient Tahini Cookies
  • Arrange the cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
    Five Ingredient Tahini Cookies
  • Allow the cookies to cool down on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes. Use a spatula to transfer them on a cooling rack.
    Tahini Cookies on a cooling rack
Five Ingredient Tahini Cookies

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