By the Gracious Vegan
In my quest to devise sweet things with no sugar, butter, oil, or eggs, I found several recipes that involved tahini, one of my favorite ingredients. In sweet foods, tahini can taste a little bitter to some people, but I happen to love that edge. If your tastes run toward very sweet desserts, you may not like these, because the sweetness (from date sugar) is mellow. Note that the date sugar makes these dark—they almost look like a chocolate cookie. A winner!
Makes 20-24 cookies
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two sheet or cookie pans with silicone sheets or parchment paper. Whisk together the following ingredients in a mixing bowl and set aside.
1 cup almond flour
3/4 cup date sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
In a smaller bowl or in a food processor, combine the following ingredients until they are smoothly combined.
1/2 cup tahini
3/8 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Add the tahini mixture to the flour mixture and stir until smooth. If mixture is still crumbly, add water by the tablespoon as needed until smooth dough forms.
Form the dough into 1-inch balls and roll them in the sesame seeds before placing them onto the cookie sheet.
1/4 cup white sesame seeds
Slightly flatten the balls and press a thumbprint into the center of each cookie. They will not spread much, so they can be fairly close together. Bake the cookies for 13-15 minutes or until the sesame seeds just start to brown.
Remove the cookies from the oven and fill each one with about 1/2 teaspoon of jam. Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool.
1/4 cup raspberry or other jam*
*To make a homemade berry filling, mash fresh, ripe berries (or berries that have been thawed) with maple syrup or agave nectar until desired consistency is reached.
Nutrition: whole-food unprocessed; WFPBNO
Timing: About 45 minutes