Recipe: Tahini Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

Nutty tahini adds richness to these crisp, rich cookie sandwiches

A staple ingredient in Middle Eastern cooking, tahini is a rich sesame paste that you've probably eaten in hummus. However, with a high fat content (good fat, of course), it works wonders in baking as well. Tahini adds an intense nuttiness to these cookies, as well as their chocolate ganache filling.

A word of warning: This is a dessert that requires patience. Waiting for the ganache to cool completely and set will allow it to pipe cleanly onto the cookies. Make sure your cookies are completely cooled as well; if they are still warm, the ganache will melt, and you'll have a mess on your hands.

To learn more, read "Sesame Street."

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Tahini Shortbread Sandwich Cookies
5 from 52 ratings
We add tahini to shortbread and chocolate ganache for truly decadent sandwich cookies.
Prep Time
Cook Time
sandwich cookies
Total time: 35 minutes
  • For the Cookies
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup tahini, stirred
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • For the Ganache
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  1. Make the cookies: Preheat the oven to 350°. In a medium bowl, combine the butter, tahini, sugar and salt. Using an electric hand mixer, beat the mixture until light and fluffy, 2 minutes. Add the flour and mix until a dough comes together. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the ganache: In a medium bowl, combine the chocolate chips, tahini, honey and kosher salt. In a small saucepan, bring the heavy cream to a simmer, then pour the cream over the chocolate mixture. Let sit for 2 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Let cool completely then transfer to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip.
  3. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a 14-inch circle, ⅓ inch thick. With a 2¼-inch round cutter, cut out 40 circles, rerolling scraps as needed. Transfer to the prepared baking sheets, 1 inch apart, and sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Bake until lightly golden, 18 to 20 minutes.
  4. Pipe 3 tablespoons cooled ganache onto half of the cookies, then top with the remaining cookies to sandwich together and serve.
Calories per Serving 333
Total Fat 24.1 g
Saturated Fat 11.0 g
Trans Fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 36.1 mg
Total Carbohydrates 29.3 g
Dietary Fiber 2.6 g
Total Sugars 18.2 g
Sodium 167.1 mg
Protein 4.5 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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