Tahini Shortbread {Holiday Recipe Club 4/28}

It’s time for another Holiday Recipe Club! Today is our first post focused on an international holiday and that holiday is Buddha’s birthday.

My friend Keely over at Gormandize with A-dizzle and K-bobo was kind enough to help me come up with the international holidays and ingredients. I was happy she was able to help me with this challenge because as much as I don’t like to admit it, I am totally clueless about international holidays (hopefully that will change soon!)

She suggested that for Buddha’s birthday we use garam masala, tofu or sesame. All of those ingredients sounded pretty wonderful to me so we went ahead and told the rest of the club what was up.

tahini Tahini Shortbread {Holiday Recipe Club 4/28}

These ingredients are a little bit more challenging than usual, but I couldn’t wait to see how creative the rest of the club would get with a new holiday.

I decided to go with sesame paste, aka tahini. I had been thinking a garam masala yeast bread would be divine but between a failed hard drive and upcoming finals I worked with what I had.

These shortbread cookies are super quick and easy. I even was able to make them before class on Friday!

The tahini adds a wonderfully nutty, almost peanut buttery, flavor to the shortbread as well as making them extra flakey.

tahini shortbread 1 Tahini Shortbread {Holiday Recipe Club 4/28}

If you have been wanting to use tahini for something more than noodles now is your chance!

And if you are interested in joining the Holiday Recipe Club please contact me here! We would love to have you!

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  1. I eat tahini but it’s never been a favorite of mine. I wonder how it would be in these cookies. :) I’m willing to give it a try. I’ve got tahini in the fridge!

    • bigfatbaker says:

      The cookies don’t taste much like tahini…more like peanut butter. Worth trying and if not your thing I bet the would make a tasty tart or pie crust :)

  2. I absolutely adore tahini! I eat it on toast and dollop it on my 2 minute noodles! :) These sound delicious! I’m so excited to see what everyone comes up with for this HRC!

  3. What a wonderful twist on traditional shortbread! And I can’t wait for that garam masala yeast bread! :)

  4. Oh! Tahini cookies…how yummy! What a great way to add a little nutty flavor to shortbread. Mmmmm.

  5. Interesting! I’ve only ever had tahini in hummus. My dad loves sesame bagels, so I’m wondering if he’ll love these cookies too. Thanks for sharing!

  6. What a creative and great recipe!! I would love this! Yum, yum, yum! Thanks for having a wonderful blog hop! I love stepping out of my comfort zone and making something creative!

  7. I don’t use tahini often enough. What a great recipe, never would have put it in a shortbread!

  8. You are so creative and I love it. These look AND sound amazing! I love Tahini. I think you’re a genius…yes, I said it…for going here!

    Happy birthday, Buddha!

  9. You are SUCH a creative cook and so adventurous. When I was in the time of life you are in, in school & worrying about finals, adventurous was Doritos and Diet Coke. You amaze me! :)

  10. Very interesting and creative! I think my husband will love this. Thanks for the recipe!

    “Happy Cooking”

  11. I just KNEW these cookies were yours!!! Great idea…I contemplated sesame cookies, but went savory :)

  12. Great minds think alike, sesame = tahini in my world. I went with the traditional hummus but I love the cookie gig!

    • bigfatbaker says:

      Yes! I totally agree. First thing I thought was tahini :) I want to try your hummus recipe after I move this summer!

  13. I have some leftover tahini (from making hummus) that is just begging to be used for this shortbread. What a creative use for it!

    • bigfatbaker says:

      Thank you Georgia :) I had the jar sitting in my cupboard longer than I care to admit. I was happy to use most of it up before it was wasted!

  14. You’re brilliant! I love tahini,but other than salad dressing and hummus, i never know how to use it. Great idea!

  15. You’re such a daring gourmand! I thought that when I read your Tikka Masala post–I’m definitely scare to experiment with all these awesome ingredients the way you do. These look wonderful! :)

  16. Just thought of something while I was sitting here dreaming about Tahini! If you are a tahini lover then you will love my Tahini Chocolate Truffles!! Here is the link: http://gormandizewithus.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/double-sesame-smoky-paprika-and.html

    Not trying to cross promote or anything :) Just thought you would probably love them!


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