Welcome to the only cookie you need in your life, my Life Changing Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies, a recipe with “Life Changing” in its title for very good reason. These cookies are truly life changing! They are paleo-friendly, gluten-free, grain-free, and they can be made vegan and nut-free too, which means that people with various food aversions, allergies, and what not, will likely have their lives changed too. And that texture? They are lightly crispy on the outside, perfectly soft and chewy on the inside, and they melt in your mouth.
This recipe was created by mistake! We were returning home from a family vacation, and during the car ride home, I was craving tahini and chocolate, two of my favorite things. When we got home, I threw my luggage down and ran straight to the kitchen to make my quick and easy Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Tahini Truffles. But as I started mixing the dough, I wasn’t that excited anymore – I wanted cookies! So I tossed the bowl of dough in the fridge and came back about 30 minutes later, and decided to experiment by adding an egg and baking soda to the already freezing cold dough. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I formed cookies and baked them. But you guys…the result was magic. The exact proportion of the dough ingredients, plus my new technique of adding the dough and baking soda to the hard (cold) dough, led to a thick cookie with the perfect crisp on the outside and soft, chewiness on the inside.
And depending on what chocolate chips you use, dare I say that this recipe gives Levain Bakery a run for its money, but even if you don’t agree, the one thing we can all agree on, is that the ingredients are healthier for you, and these cookies make you feel good!
That’s a great question and I’m glad you asked. I am going to list them all out for you here, along with substitutions that I know work as well. If I haven’t covered anything, feel free to scroll through the comments left by others readers, who have kindly shared their substitutions! And if you still have a question, just send me a message on Instagram, that’s always the quickest way to get a hold of me!
I created this recipe with almond flour, and that’s because I love sneaking in extra protein from the almonds as well as those healthy fats — think of these as cookies that keep you full instead of leaving you hungrier! If you are nut-free or can’t find almond flour (and also, I get that almond flour is expensive), you can substitute for oat flour, regular flour, coconut flour, all in the same ratio – 1 cup!
For people that are new to tahini, tahini is ground up sesame seeds, that becomes a paste. The consistency is like a nut butter that looks like peanut butter, and the best way I can describe the taste, is that it tastes nutty. But it’s nut-free. I know, not too helpful – ha! So many people have reached out to tell me that they weren’t big fans of tahini before discovering this recipe, and that this recipe has completely changed their mind about it! My recommendation is to find a liquidy tahini for the best result. I always recommend Soom Foods Tahini, which I purchase on Amazon, but Whole Foods also makes a decent one! And so does Trader Joe’s!
If tahini just isn’t your thing, you can substitute the tahini for any nut butter you like: almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, and even sunflower seed butter. Just know that if you use sunflower seed butter, the cookies will be green inside! Why? Because of the reaction between baking soda and sunflower seeds! It’s kind of cool…think of doing that to impress your friends on St. Patrick’s Day!
Now, you guys! This recipe makes 16 cookies and only calls for 1/2 cup of maple syrup, which I think is pretty damn impressive. I love using maple syrup because I love that maple taste, but others have used liquid sweeteners with success! I also know that honey works, as does coconut sugar. If you are using coconut sugar, just make sure that your tahini is nice and liquidy, since you aren’t getting the extra moisture from the liquid sweetener.
This recipe calls for one egg! And you can definitely substitute the egg for a flax egg. To make a flax egg, all you do is get out a small bowl, and whisk together 1 tablespoon ground flax seed meal with 3 tablespoons water, and let it sit for about 5 minutes to thicken. And yes, you treat it like the regular egg, and add it to the dough batter after the dough has chilled for 30 minutes, along with the baking soda.
You need it. This is what make the cookies rise and creates that magical texture I talked about above!
To keep this recipe refined sugar free, I used dairy free chocolate chips. But you can feel free to use any chocolate chips you want, or even chop up a chocolate bar and toss it in. And when it comes to the amount, I always go for the full cup of chocolate chips, because when it comes to chocolate, we measure from the heart!
Now this ingredient is totally optional. It doesn’t change the cookie texture whether you use it at all. I love adding a scoop of collagen peptides simply to get in some extra protein, and it has no flavor, so why the heck not. If you are vegan or don’t have any, just omit it and you’ll be A-okay!
You don’t need these, but I personally think the addition of the sea salt flakes adds the best touch, for that perfect combination of sweet and savory!
This question comes up a lot, and it’s very important that you follow my storage instructions. Why? Because these cookies don’t contain any preservatives that would allow you to keep them on your kitchen counter for two weeks, you need to store them properly 🙂 They can stay out for 1 day, but then I recommend transferring them to a glass storage container and keeping them in the refrigerator. They will last for up to one week. But you guys – if you are anything like me, the entire batch will be gone in a matter of a few days! To warm them, you can place them in the oven for a few minutes to crisp up or just let them get room temp and enjoy!
You can also freeze the dough if you don’t want to make an entire batch of cookies, and dough will stay fresh in the freezer for up to three months.
Once you’ve made my Life Changing Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies, you can then branch out and make my variations on the OG recipe, including my Pumpkin Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies, Espresso Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies, and even my Gingerbread Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies.
If you make my Life Changing Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies, be sure to leave a review below and tag me on Instagram and use the hashtag #LCTCCC! I would love to see them and I can repost on my stories!
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in your posts and I’ll re-share!