Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tahini Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

 Tahini, aka sesame seed paste, is something I often use when making hummus and salad dressings, but I'd never used it for baking. It's essentially the same thing as peanut butter, so I decide to use it to make cookies. These gems are so tasty and are the perfect compliment to your next party!

1. Cream the butter, tahini, sugars, salt and vanilla in a stand mixer (using the paddle attachment) until smooth. 



2. Add the egg and beat until incorporated, then add the flour 1/2 cup at a time. Transfer the dough to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

3. Preheat oven to 350. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop the dough using a small scooper or tablespoon measure, roll in the turbinado sugar and place on the baking sheets 2 inches apart. 



4. Press down on the middle of each cookie with your thumb to make a small "well". Fill each with raspberry jam. Bake 12 minutes, or until golden. 


5. Cool the cookies completely on wire racks before serving. 



Tahini Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies
Makes 18 cookies

All you need:
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup tahini
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup turbinado sugar (for coating)
1/2 cup raspberry jam

All you do:
1. Cream the butter, tahini, sugars, salt and vanilla in a stand mixer (using the paddle attachment) until smooth. 
2. Add the egg and beat until incorporated, then add the flour 1/2 cup at a time. Transfer the dough to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
3. Preheat oven to 350. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop the dough using a small scooper or tablespoon measure, roll in the turbinado sugar and place on the baking sheets 2 inches apart. 
4. Press down on the middle of each cookie with your thumb to make a small "well". Fill each with raspberry jam. Bake 12 minutes, or until golden. 
5. Cool the cookies completely on wire racks before serving.  
 

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