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Here it is! The copycat recipe for Whole Foods tahini cookies! Whole Foods’ tahini cookies are so delicious, so hearty, and so (relatively) good for you. This is a one-bowl recipe, and with only a few base ingredients, along with whatever optionals you want to mix in, these cookies are not only amazing, but they are so easy to whip up!
And these cookies aren’t just for dessert any more. They just may become your new favourite breakfast cookies, and they make the perfect delicious and nutritious carry-along snack!
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You will want to use a food processor to make these tahini cookies; if you don’t have a food processor, you may be able to start off with a high-speed blender, and then finish them off in a bowl. But really, you want a food processor.
Once in the oven, the key to these cookies is making sure that they are really done before you pull them out, and then letting them cool for at least 10 minutes on the baking pan before transferring them to a rack to finish cooling. This gives them time to firm up and solidify so that they don’t fall apart when you put them on the rack. Don’t worry, once they are cooled they are firm and won’t fall apart at all.
While we’ve listed a few optional mix-ins, really the sky is the limit. Whole Foods traditionally adds raisins to theirs, but really you can mix in almost any dried fruit such as bits of dried apricot, dried cherries, or dried cranberries, or even bits of dates. We also really like making these with chocolate chips.
Whole Foods Tahini Cookies Copycat Recipe
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup tahini
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans are best)
3 Tablespoons raisins or other chopped dried fruit, or chocolate chips
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Preheat oven to 325°. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or grease it well.
Place the oats (make sure they are quick-cooking oats) in your food processor and pulse (or turn on and off rapidly if your food processor doesn’t have a pulse feature) until the oats are coarsely ground – you want it to be like oat flour that still has a lot of oats in it.
Coarsely ground oats
Add the tahini, maple syrup, and cinnamon to the food processor, and process just until everything is fully mixed in and uniformly incorporated.
Now add in the nuts and any optional ingredients, and turn the food processor back on. Within a short period of time the cookie dough will come together and form a ball of dough that starts going around the food processor bowl. When it does this turn the food processor off.
Cookie dough ball starting to form
Take two tablespoons (like the kind that came with your flatware along with the forks, not measuring tablespoons) and use them to scoop and drop pingpong ball-size to golfball-size mounds of dough onto the cookie sheet.
Bake for about 15 minutes, cookies are done when you can see that they have turned golden-brown at the edges.
Remove from oven and cool on baking pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
Makes 10-12 cookies.
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