Tahini Almond Butter Cookies with Chocolate

Healthy Chocolate Tahini Cookies

Though I am always happy to see my kids in the kitchen, every foray at the stove seems to involve sugar, butter, and chocolate frosting.  I’m all for homemade treats, but when it starts to look like a bakery in my house, the dietitian in me begins to hyperventilate. Over the years, I’ve attempted to nudge my kids in a healthier direction, handing them a whole grain bread recipe or suggesting they make dinner instead of donuts. While such efforts have historically fallen on deaf ears, my daughter Rosie has been known to experiment with more wholesome baking. That’s where today’s recipe for Tahini Almond Butter Cookies comes into play.

A Healthy Cookie Indeed

The cookies are inspired by a recipe that Rosie discovered on her own. She baked a batch and I was pleasantly surprised by both the ingredients and the cookies. That said, I found the need to tinker, as I do with nearly every recipe I encounter. I began by cutting the coconut oil to reduce the amount of saturated fat in the recipe. I also added tahini and chia seeds, which, along with the almond butter and almond flour, means the cookies are a good source of fiber, protein, and key nutrients. Also a plus? The batter has just 1/4 cup of sweetener in the form of pure maple syrup.

Tahini Almond Butter Cookies Pass the Taste Test

Good ingredients aside, a cookie isn’t a cookie unless it tastes good. And these do. They’re terrific just out of the oven, and even better when dipped in dark chocolate. It’s just the thing I want to pair with an afternoon cup of tea, tuck into a lunchbox, or even enjoy for a post-workout pick-me-up.

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Healthy Tahini Chocolate Cookies
5 from 4 votes

Tahini Almond Butter Chocolate-Dunked Cookies

Stir together almond butter and flour, chia seeds, tahini, and maple syrup and you've got the makings of a cookie that's wholesome enough to qualify as a healthy snack. Dunk in the darkest chocolate you can get your hands on and it makes a decadent-tasting treat. If you want to skip the chocolate dip, add 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips to the batter instead, roll into balls, and flatten with the palm of your hand instead of a fork (it will make a few extra cookies done this way). 

Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 14 cookies
Calories 200 kcal
Author Katie Morford


  • 1/4 cup natural almond butter (stir well)
  • 1/4 cup tahini (stir well)
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate (or 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. 

  2. Put all of the ingredients except the chocolate into a medium bowl and stir until smooth. Form the dough into 14 balls that are about 1-inch in diameter, rolling them between your palms. Space on the baking sheet and use the tines of a fork to press down firmly (alternatively press down with the palm of your hand).

  3. Bake until the cookies darken slightly and are cooked through, 9 minutes. 

  4. Chop the chocolate into small pieces and put into a small, microwave-safe bowl (no need to chop if using chocolate chips). Cook on high in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and continue to cook in 30-second bursts, stirring after each one, until melted. Dunk one half of each cookie into the chocolate and let cool on the baking sheet. Store in a covered container. 

Adapted from the Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies recipe on Lemons Worth Lovin’.

Healthy Tahini Almond Butter Cookies


02.27.2018 at6:01 AM #

Elizabeth Ward

Amazing! I love tahini. And almonds. And chocolate!

02.27.2018 at6:01 AM #

Katie Morford

Well then hopefully you’ll like these too!

02.27.2018 at6:14 AM #

Kristin Dickerson

Looks so yummy!
The ingredients remind me of halvah, a wonderful dessert from the Middle East.
I think you have successfully recreated the halvah in a cookie and I’m eager to give these a try. Thanks, Katie!

02.27.2018 at6:14 AM #

Katie Morford

The batter reminds me a little bit of halvah, actually.

05.08.2021 at1:02 PM #


Katie- I am a huge fan and follower on Instagram. I made these last night and they were everything I imagined and more. Absolutely delicious, nutty, satisfying and the dip in chocolate is a must! Thank you 🙏 🌺

05.08.2021 at1:02 PM #

Katie Morford

Oh my goodness! Thanks for sharing. I love them too!

01.12.2022 at5:36 PM #

Anne bunn

These cookies are absolutely delicious. I share them with friends and family and every single person absolutely loves them. They are so easy to make and so delicious. I share the recipe as much as I share the cookies! Everybody always asks for it. Two thumbs up.

05.19.2024 at1:34 PM #


Could I add chocolate chips to the cookie dough instead of dipping the cookies in chocolate? Thanks.

05.19.2024 at1:34 PM #

Katie Morford

You can. I’d recommend mini chocolate chips if you can get them. And it may be easier to press the dough down with your palm rather than a fork.

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