So glad you guys are having fun with my European vacation posts! I love reminiscing on good times, so am happy to share. However, before I turn into a travel guide, I thought I’d break it up a bit by going back to my roots and giving you a new treat to bake!
I’ve been eating a lot of hummus of late. I eat it at home. I eat it at work. I eat it down the street from my apartment at a restaurant called – yep – Hummus Place – which is excellent and cheap for any fellow New Yorkers out there! Hummus with carrots. Hummus with chips. Did you know that hummus, avocado and tomato sandwiches are the best things ever? No? Well, now you do.
With all the hummus eating going on, I thought I’d try to make my own. All I needed to add to my pantry was a jar of tahini. Bought that, made the hummus, ate the hummus, ’twas tasty.
Then I had a nearly full jar of tahini to finish.
You may have noticed by now that any leftover ingredients in my apartment are destined to be featured in a baked good – ahem…Pumpkin Brownies…Banana Coconut Bars…ahem. So obviously I was off to make tahini cookies. Isn’t that what you would do? Since I was recently drooling over giant Barcelona dates, it was only fitting that I toss juicy Medjools into the mix as well.
Here’s my recipe for Sticky Tahini Date Cookies, adapted from this recipe:
1/2 cup tahini
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped Medjool dates
1 1/2 cups oats, coarsely processed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350*F. Grease cookie sheets – don’t forget these are sticky cookies! In a large bowl, combine tahini, honey, vanilla extract and Medjool dates until smooth. In a separate bowl, mix together oats, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and walnuts. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until well-blended. Drop spoonfuls of batter onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on the cookie sheets for a couple minutes before removing to cool completely. Makes 15 cookies.
Off topic, but look out the window – isn’t my block cute?
These. are. so. GOOD! Like surprisingly delicious! You can definitely taste the sesame seed flavor, and it’s totally enhanced by the cinnamon and vanilla. I’m already imagining all the things you could add to these cookies – other dried fruits or nuts, flax seed, more spices. And they’re so nutritious! Make them now!
Have you ever used tahini when baking something sweet?