Although tahini is usually paired with my weeknight hippie bowl, I was craving some new options.  After having one too many of these tahini cookies made by a friend, I decided to try my hand at a sweet & savory cookie.  This sesame seed paste is used in mostly savory recipes, including miso tahini dressing and your beloved hummus, but with the addition of chocolate, these flavors just seem to merge perfectly.  It’s my new favorite crowd-pleaser, and one of those recipes I can’t really keep around the house, if you know what I mean.  This sweet / salty / nutty combination just happens to be free of dairy and uses only natural sugars but I promise, you won't notice.  Best of both worlds? I think so.

SALTED OATMEAL THUMBPRINT COOKIES WITH CHOCOLATE & TAHINI FILLING (Gluten-free, dairy-free opt) Makes about 12 cookies


  • 1 3/4 c gluten-free oats
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup maple sugar (or regular/coconut/turbinado/etc sugar!)
  • 1/3c + 2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup


  • 2/3 cup bittersweet chocolate, chips or roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a food processor, pulse the oats until gritty, but not yet flour.  Mix in a large bowl with almond meal, salt and maple sugar.  Stir in all the wet ingredients and mix with your hands to combine well.  Chill dough for 25 minutes.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Use about 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie.  Shape into a disk and press your thumb into the center to make an imprint.  Continue until all cookies are finished.  Bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown around the edges and firm to the touch.  Press into the centers of the cookies again to reinforce the the dent.   Let cool for 10 minutes.

For filling:  Double-broil the chocolate chips, tahini and sea salt over medium heat, stirring to help the melting process.  Once mixture is smooth, let cool for 10 minutes.  Then, fill each cookie with a teaspoon or two of filling.  Continue until all cookies are filled, then sprinkle sea salt over top and let cool (filling will set).  Eat immediately for an extra-gooey cookie.



I love the few moments when you come across an inspiring recipe and miraculously have all of the ingredients on hand.  Since I can be somewhat of an impulsive baker, adapting a recipe so that it's unrecognizable just so I can make it immediately, the recipe for Jam Sunflower Thimbles was a perfect fit.  Green Kitchen Stories is a site I've admired for years, but sadly never made a recipe from.  I decided to adapt this lovely recipe using chestnut flour, a beloved new ingredient I cannot stop using.  Luckily, these "cookies" are healthy enough where you won't feel too bad binging, and I promise you won't be able to stop yourself either.


CHESTNUT SUNFLOWER JAM THIMBLES (Gluten-free, Dairy-free) Makes 12-15 cookies

  • 1 cup chestnut flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon arrowroot starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil or butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sunflower seeds, finely chopped
  • 1/2-3/4 cup of your favorite jam or preserve (I used a combination of apricot, red fruit & quince)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Combine first six ingredients.  Whisk together until well combined.  In another mixing bowl, stir together coconut oil, maple syrup and eggs.  

Add wet ingredients to dry, mixing well with hands to combine.  Chill dough for 20-30 minutes. 

Add finely chopped sunflower seeds to a small mixing bowl.  Once dough has chilled, take about 1 heaping tablespoon of dough and roll around to coat in sunflower seeds on all sides.  Use your thumb to puncture the dough and fill in with your favorite jam or preserve.  

Add cookies to a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and holds shape.  Let cool for 15 minutes or so, then enjoy!  These are great as a sweet treat or a protein-packed afternoon snack ;)



I love a cut-out cookie, especially when it's as festive and Christmas-y as these ones.  Besides being adorable - they are chewy, nutty and topped with a simple maple icing.  Check out the post on Clementine Daily! 


ALMOND GINGERBREAD COOKIES WITH MAPLE ICING (gluten-free, dairy-free0 Makes 3 dozen cookies

  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour or oat flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon xanthum gum
  • 3/4 cup brown or coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (or butter)
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 egg

For Icing:

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoon coconut milk

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.  IN a large mixing bowl, whisk together flours, starch, baking powder, xanthum gum, sugar and spices (all dry ingredients). 

In another mixing bowl, combine melted coconut oil (or butter, with molasses, vanilla, maple syrup and egg.  Mix until well combined.

Combine wet ingredients into dry, mixing well until cookie dough forms.  Chill dough (in the bowl) for 25 minutes.  

Once chilled, roll out dough between two pieces of parchment, using a bit of tapioca to flour the surface and between parchments.  Roll out until around 1/4in. thick or so, then use cookie cutters to make shapes.  Add cut out cookies to a parchment lined baking sheet.  Repeat until all dough is gone.

Bake cookies in batches, 12-15 minutes or until browned and dry to the touch.  Set on a bakers rack to cool completely before icing. 

To make icing:  Add powdered sugar to a medium mixing bowl.  Whisk powder well until “sifted” and smooth, breaking up any   Whisk in maple syrup, coconut milk and stir well until icing forms.  If it’s too dry, add a little bit of water, if too watery, add a little more sugar.  Then, drizzle cooled cookies with icing or just dunk them straight in ;) Happy holidays!


See more images and recipe HERE!