Chocolate Tahini Cookies


Hi hi hi!! I need to send a little apology out for not having a blog post up yesterday. On Thursday night, things got a little weird in our house when Jackson (our little pup) began getting constantly sick. We ended up going to the emergency vet on Thursday and he had to move to three different vet offices. At this point, he’s up at Colorado State University in their vet school because he may need dialysis. At one point, we really weren’t sure if he would make it through the night. But he has crushed it and he continues to look better each day. All of this to say, the blog has come second to the pup. I’m hoping I can get things back on track today once I head up to Fort Collins (it’s about an hour and a half from our house) to get a hotel nearby. That way I can easily visit him without all the driving. Fingers crossed for progress today!! If you’re a puppy lover like me, I’m sharing regular updates on my instagram stories!

PaleOMG Chocolate Tahini Cookies

But let’s talk about something a little less heavy. Like cookies. Cookies totally aren’t heavy, right? Right. Well I don’t know if you’ve played around much with tahini, but I sure have and I’m in love. Tahini is freaking delicious. I use it in my Ginger Tahini Cookies, it’s awesome in Loaded Cauliflower Hummus, and I love it in my Tahini Pistachio Banana Bread. If you don’t know what tahini even is, I’ll tell you – it’s ground up sesame seeds. Just like how they make almond butter or peanut butter. The sesame seeds give the tahini is smooth, rich flavor with a bit of bitterness, but in a good way. So when you mix it with a little maple sugar, it’s  just simply delicious!

PaleOMG Chocolate Tahini Cookies

Are you doing a holiday cookie swap this year?! I always love that idea, but then I have 39301139248 cookies at my house with no self control. I really envy the people who can have treats around and not go HAM on all of them. Whenever I make treats, they either leave my house immediately OR I freeze them. And since I have a ton of meat in my freezer, the treats normally get lost until they have frostbite and I’m so desperate for a Friday night treat I eat them anyways. Nothing like stale treats to satisfy that sweet tooth. Anywho, I’m still crazy distracted with worry for my little pup so I’m going to get a move on! So excited to have him home someday soon.

PaleOMG Chocolate Tahini Cookies


Chocolate Tahini Cookies

  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 16 cookies 1x


  • 1 cup tahini
  • 1/2 cup maple sugar
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca flour
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (I used 1tbsp black cocoa powder & 1tbsp regular cocoa powder)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 34 tablespoons sesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together tahini and maple sugar using a large spoon. Then add egg and mix again until well combined.
  3. Then add tapioca and coconut flour, cocoa powder baking soda, vanilla, and salt and mix until completely combined.
  4. Place sesame seeds in a bowl.
  5. Use a cookie scoop to scoop out around 2 tablespoons of dough and make into a round ball and set aside. This dough will create 16 cookies. Once all cookies are shaped, roll in sesame seeds to completely cover each cookie and place throughout the baking sheet.
  6. Place baking sheet into the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes until removing from baking sheet to place on cooling rack. If you try to remove these from the baking sheet early, they will come apart. So don’t be stupid here. Patience is a virtue!
  8. Then all you have to do is chow down!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


44 thoughts on “Chocolate Tahini Cookies”

  1. Juli, Jackson >>>> blog. Please don’t feel like you have to apologize to us. You deliver so much content all the time!! I’ve been following along and can’t wait to hear when Jackson is back to 100%. 🙂

  2. We love you, Juli!!! You take care of your pup and we’ll still be here! Jackson seems like such a feisty little dude and he has the best dog mom 🙂 Best wishes!!

  3. This holiday season is tough on the doggies! Mine was just admitted this morning to have some spots removed from her belly that could be cancerous. All of her sunbathing has caught up to her. Fingers crossed their benign, then she has to have a 2nd surgery for a torn ACL! Not near as scary as what’s going on with Jackson and I’ve been praying for the little guy! Please keep us posted as to his status, we all love him like he’s our own. No need to ever apologize!!

    1. oh no!! that’s so scary! i’m sorry you’re going through such a scary time. dogs are truly the best, it’s not fair that they go through this.

  4. We love your blogs but we love Jackson more and want to make sure he gets better!! You don’t ever need to apologize for caring for that cute boy and making sure he gets the help he needs! Getting him healthy is more important than a blog post and everyone that follows you understands! I saw your most recent update on him today and fingers crossed he can pee on his own and wont need dialysis! Thank you for keeping us all updated on him! I have two pups myself their my world and your post of Jackson since you got him makes him feel like he’s one of my own. I’m keeping you and Jackson in my thoughts!!!

  5. Prayers, love, and hugs to Jackson! My dog actually ate Christmas decorations two years in a row and was admitted for emergency surgery the second time. He is now known as “the dog who ate Christmas” at the vet. Jackson is a warrior!

  6. Wishing Jackson the best! I had a scare with my Heidi Bear last month, so I know how scary it can be!
    Was wondering if I could sub the tapioca flour with something else? Its not the easiest to find where I am.
    Thanks, love this recipe!

  7. Your baby is most certainly the priority! Your loyal followers are always here for you and can miss an update without going bonkers! Thanks for the IG updates as we call care and are praying for your little Panda!!

  8. Alternative to the maple sugar? I’d like to make this for my newly gf/df (due to allergies) teen and don’t want to wait for an amazon shipment.

  9. Hi,
    This recipe looks amazing .. i am addicted to tahini. What can I substitute for the tapioca and coconut flour? I love your blog but I am not GF so I don’t need to shell out the money for those items. Thanks

  10. You are such a good mama to that pup-it has been so good to see your IG posts as he continues to improve! Being a dog mom always comes above this stuff!!
    That being said, I love tahini treats and am super excited to try these out. Thank you for all the great recipes!

  11. Great recipe. I made it today. Love the taste. Samples provided to friends and they also enjoyed them.

    One thing I found is that after scooping the cookie dough with a cookie scooper and trying to roll it in the sesame seeds, it is too tacky to roll and it doesn’t keep its shape. I wonder if the dough should be chilled before it is rolled in the sesame seeds. I ended up adding the 3 tablespoons of sesame seeds to the dough batter as I needed to bake the cookies (time consideration) and not try to chill them first.

  12. Oh these look sooo good! I have to be careful and not devour the entire batch in one sitting haha thank you for the recipe!

  13. Dear Juli,
    These cookies were AWESOME!!! Even though I swapped out a couple items (using what I had) they were a huge hit at the office party. I used raw cacao instead of cocoa and coconut sugar instead of maple sugar. Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season.

  14. Juli, I hope by now Jackson is fully recovered. I made your Tahini Cookies and wow! They’re my new favorite. Just the right amount of sweetness and great texture. Crispy and slightly chewy and so delicious. Most Paleo cookies just don’t have that chewy texture and get too soft, but these don’t. Someone was asking about the amount of sugar per cookie: there are 24 teaspoons in half a cup of sugar. Maple sugar has 3 grams of sugar per teaspoon. So for 16 cookies that’s 4.5 grams per cookie. Not bad. The only problem is, they’re so good it’s hard to just eat one or two.

  15. Hi Juli,

    Do you know what made the cookies in your video more flat? Was it because you used a runnier tahini?


  16. Just made these cookies with my 3 year old. Delicious! Thank you for another nut-free recipe (he can take them to school).

  17. Wow! Just made these and they are outstanding! I couldn’t wrap my head around chocolate with tahini but it works wonderfully. My tahini was very thin so after I made the balls with a cookie scoop (and before rolling in sesame seeds) I rolled them on paper towels to take out some of the oil. Worked nicely.

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