Lemon Tahini Cookies are a delightful and unique twist on traditional cookies, combining the zesty flavor of lemon with the nutty taste of tahini. These cookies are perfect for those who love a hint of sour with their sweet, and they’re sure to impress your friends and family.

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The combination of lemon and tahini creates a flavor profile that’s both familiar and intriguing, making these cookies a must-try for any food enthusiast.
Imagine a tender and crumbly cookie, infused with the bright, citrusy flavor of lemon and the nutty, creamy taste of tahini. It’s a match made in heaven, and we can’t wait for you to try them.

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Lemon Tahini Cookies recipe

These Lemon Tahini Cookies are lightly sweet, chewy, and filled with spiced, nutty flavor. The cookies are versatile, making them a great choice for any time of day or any occasion, They're soft and chewy, with a lightly sweet, spiced flavor that's perfect for an afternoon treat or a sweet addition to your morning coffee. They're also a great option for a refreshing dessert during the spring and summer months.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Middle Eastern inspired
Servings 12 Cookies
Calories 120 kcal


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Electric mixer or whisk
  • Baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Cookie scoop or spoon


  • 1 1/2 cups 190g all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup 115g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup 115g granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup 60g tahini
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp 10g lemon zest
  • 1 tsp 5g vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp 1.25g salt
  • 1/4 cup 60g lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds optional


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the tahini, lemon juice, eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla extract.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms.
  • If desired, stir in the sesame seeds.
  • Scoop the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, about 2 tbsp (30g) per cookie.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden.
  • Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.


Nutritional Facts per Portion (approx.):
Calories: 120
Fat: 7g
Carbs: 17g
Protein: 2g
Keyword cookies, lemon, Tahini
photo of Lemon Tahini Cookies served

Recommended Pairing Dish:

A side of hummus, or a plate of fresh fruit.

Useful Tips:

  • Make sure your tahini is well-stirred before using it in the recipe (see our recipe here).
  • The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Use fresh lemons for the best flavor.
  • Don’t over-bake the cookies — they should be lightly golden on the edges.
  • Experiment with different types of flour to find your favorite texture.


Can I substitute the tahini for another ingredient?

While tahini is a key component of these cookies, you can try substituting it with another nut or seed butter, such as almond or sunflower seed butter. Keep in mind that the flavor and texture will change.

Can I make these cookies vegan?

Yes, you can make these cookies vegan by using a vegan butter substitute and an egg replacement, such as a flax egg or applesauce.

Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of freshly squeezed?

Yes, but freshly squeezed lemon juice will give the best flavor.

Can I add other ingredients to the dough, like nuts or chocolate chips?

Yes, feel free to add your favorite ingredients to make the dough your own.

Can I make these cookies ahead of time?

Yes, the cookies can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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