I invented a cookie.

I have an obsession with all things vanilla bean. Vanilla bean gelato. Vanilla bean yogurt. Vanilla bean creme brulee. Cake. Oatmeal. Pudding. Vanilla bean infused buerre blanc. (Yes, I have had it, and it was too good for this Earth.)

I also have phases of being obsessed with tahini. I love how rich and savory it is! It goes extremely well on salads, veggies, eggs, oatmeal, basically anything.

One day about two weeks ago, genius slapped me in the face and screamed WHY HAVE YOU NEVER COMBINED TAHINI AND VANILLA BEAN BEFORE?

And thus, Vanilla Bean Tahini Cookies were born.

After I made these, I googled the name to see if anything came up. Nothing did.


Cookies made from whole wheat flour, tahini, and vanilla bean infused sugar and rolled in sesame seeds.

Over the last two weeks, I have made 4 batches of these cookies and basically have 2 very similar versions of the recipe. One is for a denser, more rich cookie (that I preferred) and one is for a more fluffy cookie (all the pictures). I recommend going for the more rich and dense version unless you really prefer fluffier, lighter cookies. I love them. They satisfy my sweet, savory, buttery, and nutty cravings all at once. When I gave the girls in my sorority some to try, they were a hit!

My victims:

Amanda, Sydnie, Marena, Me, Megan, Abby – Michelle, Sarah

(Hi Sydnie and Megan!)

DG approved. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Recipe: Makes 8 cookies

(I am posting the denser version with the fluffy alterations in parenthesis)

Wet ingredients –ย 

1 tbsp butter, melted ย  ย (1/2 tbsp butter, melted)

3 tbsp tahini ย (2 1/2 tbsp tahini)

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

Dry ingredients –ย 

1/4 cup vanilla bean infused sugar + plus extra for rolling in

1/2 cup white whole wheat flour

1/8 tsp salt

no baking soda (fluffy uses 1/8 tsp baking soda)

1/4 cup sesame seeds (to roll in)

Directions – Preheat the oven to 350. Combine all the wet ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add in the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula until well combined. Next, take out a plate and spread the sesame seeds over it. Sprinkle in some extra vanilla bean sugar and salt (if you love it like I do). Take a spoonful of dough and roll into a ball. Roll in the sesame seed/sugar/salt mixture and lightly flatten onto cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes (1o max). Don’t overcook!

If you don’t have vanilla sugar: scrape the seeds from half a vanilla bean into the wet ingredients and use regular sugar.

If you don’t have vanilla beans: Buy some. Or… if you must, add an extra 2 tsp of vanilla extract

How to make vanilla bean sugar:

Method 1: Take 4 vanilla beans and scrape seeds into 1 pound of sugar. Chop up the bean pods and throw into a food processor with the sugar. Let process until the vanilla bean pods are a homogenous part of the sugar. Store in an air tight container and let flavors meld for 1-2 weeks, if possible.

Method 2: Scrape seeds from 1 vanilla bean into 1-2 cups of sugar. Place the empty bean pod and sugar in a jar and let flavors meld for 1-2 weeks, if possible.

Words and photos can’t do justice.ย 


Tahini * a good source of essential unsaturated fatty acids, copper, iron, calcium, fiber and B vitamins. Copper is good for treating some of the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Magnesium can help lower blood pressure and help women going through menopause maintain normal sleeping patterns.

Sesame seeds *ย haveย the highest content of phytosterols of all nuts!ย Phytosterolsย look similar to cholesterol and are believed to lower cholesterol levels, aid in immunity and decrease the risk of some cancers!

Whole wheat flour *ย unlike refined flour, whole wheat flour has more B vitamins, fiber, folic acid, calcium, zinc, phosphorous, copper, and iron. Whole grains reduce your risk for diabetes and have also been linked to weight loss and maintaining a lower BMI.

Anddd a Nina photo to get you through today:

my little shoe destroyer

And a weekend photo to get you through to Friday:

Spring formal! Me, Sara, Erin, Noelle, Danielle…and sketchy couple?

(Make the cookies.)

34 thoughts on “I invented a cookie.

  1. I looove vanilla too! I feel weird telling ppl it’s my favorite ice cream flavor when they ask me. It’s just an easy palate to create / add things to ๐Ÿ™‚
    You look beautiful in your white dress m’dear!

  2. i just recently had some tahini cookies and they were amazing, they weren’t like this though!
    once again, unique!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ yaya, i have tahini finally, i don’t have vanilla bean..but i think i may just have to invest in some, these sound/look amazing!!
    way to go! haha, i will let you know if i make these, which i plan on doing.

  3. They seriously look gorgeous!!!! I am making these for my mom cuz she is just like you-loves sesame and LOVES vanilla bean. Plus their gorgeous-is that a good enough reason?

  4. Of all the things to invent I think that a cookie is the best choice :). It looks super moist and and a definite try!

  5. You should patent these. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sound delicious! Not much HEABification required if you ask me. I might sub brown rice or quinoa flour simply b/c I’m not a fan of wheat (sorry, I know it’s your namesake) and maybe some vanilla stevia drops rather than sugar, although that would probably change the texture. Mmm, again, they sound so good Lauren!

    1. Dang HEAB, you work fast! No worries about the wheat, it occurred to me only recently that my blog’s name probably alienates many people. If I ever go paleo or gluten free, Im gonna have to change the name! I like your ideas, I think I might try a version with coconut flour and a bit less sugar (but more bean!) since it is naturally sweet, and see how that goes. Thank you! If I ever get my hands on some stevia baking blend, I am going to try and make it into vanilla bean stevia…  

  6. Hi Lauren! I am so glad you stopped by my blog so I could find yours! And also because I have found the only place that the recipe for this cookie exists! ๐Ÿ™‚
    As I recover from disordered eating, I am working on incorporating treats back into my diet. I have feared cookies for quite some time but these look great and you providing the nutritional benefits is so helpful for me too! I can eat these and still feel fine ๐Ÿ˜€
    I look forward to more of your recipes!

  7. agghh vanilla bean – the most delicious flavor ever! expensive, but so worth it. i love how you combined it with tahini! at this place called hi-rise bakery in cambridge, my roommate always gets the vanilla bean loaf, which is also made from vanilla bean + vanilla sugar!

  8. The only vanilla bean stuff I’ve had was in ice-cream, and to be honest I didn’t like it at all. I would totally try this cookie though. The way you waxed poetics about vanilla bean, now I’m wondering what is wrong with me! haha!

  9. Oh yum! I love all things tahini and adding in vanilla would just make these outrageous! I’m glad all the girls in your sorority approve. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Bet they love you even more for providing goodies.

    Doggie! Looks like she (she?) got big!

  10. haha ok so i attempted to respond to your comment on my blog but I’m retarded and can’t figure out how to do it… how do you do it!?

    pretty much — hahaha oh god frat party alcohol is one thing I definitely am NOT missing about college over the summer (other than the fact that it’s free…) glad you found my blog though because I just looked at yours and it’s so cute! … totally gonna try out some of your recipes

    and mmm Vanilla bean… frappicinos too!!

  11. my boyfriend is crazy about Tahini so I made these for him the other night and they were soo yum! I swapped coconut oil for the butter, took the sugar down just a bit and threw in a handful of dairy free chocolate chips. SO. GOOD. the texture was perfecto. well done : )

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