So life is exciting around here. Sorry for the lack of posts, but my body just hasn’t had the energy I’ve needed to keep up with working full-time, grading papers at night, playing with my Chicklet/toddler and managing a household of illnesses in the last several weeks. I’m thrilled to tell you that we are all healthy again, but now in recovery mode. Time to get the laundry, grading, etc back up to speed! I hate it when we fall behind like this… it’s completely normal, but when I’m so stinkin’ tired, I don’t have the energy to catch back up.
Ah, but I did have the energy to make cookies! Actually, in the last several weeks, my niece has been over to stay a couple nights on the weekends. (She and her mom just recently moved to our little town.) She has helped me make gluten-free cupcakes (experimental recipes… not quite ready for posting yet) and I swear she now believes that every Saturday is GF Cupcake baking at my house. In fact, that is what she told my sister (her other aunt who lives in town here too) when she was staying with them. She told her that she had a “gluten free cupcake baking date” with me. Ay! There are only *so many* cupcakes a girl can eat/bake. (And I’m a cupcake lover… don’t get me wrong.. but the rest of my family does NOT eat sweets! They’re weird, I know, but I love them. LOL).
To take a break from cupcake baking, I made a batch of these delicious cookies to share with colleagues on Monday. None of my colleagues thought the cookies were GF until they saw me munching away on a cookie too. They looked SURPRISED to say the least. I actually like the way this recipe turned out so much that I am posting it after only the second batch and I can’t wait to make variations for future batches as well. I think you will find that this recipe satisfies the need for a chocolate chip cookie with a subtle delicate and creamy finish.
Tahini is made by grinding sesame seeds into a creamy paste. While it is similar to the idea of peanut butter, it is more creamy and less thick. You can find tahini made from roasted sesame seeds or plain. Typically, tahini is used when making things like hummus or other Middle Eastern foods. It makes a fabulous addition to salad dressings, sandwich dressings, etc. Normally, you find tahini combined with flavors like: garlic, lemon, olive oil, chickpeas or mashed eggplant – or even honey! It is not a sweet flavor, but rather nutty. If you can’t find tahini, you can substitute with peanut butter, sesame butter, ground hazelnuts, etc. (See! An easily adaptable recipe from a flavor profile point of view! Now you know why I’m excited to try more!)
I think the next batch of cookies that I make will used roasted sesame tahini as it is the batch that I am enjoying the most. After that, I shall venture forth with this recipe with other flavors – like adding almond butter and a splash of almond extract maybe. Hmm.. the possibilities are endless.. much like my waistline if I keep baking these!
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip & Tahini Cookies
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Recipe makes two dozen (or 2 baker’s dozen)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) room temperature butter
1/4 cup tahini
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups GF Flour blend
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 ounces semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- Combine the brown sugar, tahini and butter in the bowl of your mixer. Beat until fluffly (3 – 4 minutes).’
- Add the egg and vanilla extract. Beat again until fluffly and even. (2 minutes)
- Dump in your dry ingredients (all but the chocolate chips) and mix again until even.
- Add chocolate chips. Mix until well distributed.
- Form into balls (about 2″ for semi-large cookies) and place on parchment paper (or a silpat baking mat) about 2 inches apart. The cookies will spread when baking.
- Bake at 325F for 9 minutes or until the top becomes slightly golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 3-4 minutes on the cookie pan before lifting gently with a spatula to your cooling rack. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
Happy Cookie Baking, All!