These Tahini Chocolate Chip cookies are a spin on a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe.and the method is slightly different but so much easier (in my opinion). It's a subtle change with the Tahini that gives it a slightly nuttier taste (almost like peanut butter) and a slightly denser cookie that is soft inside with a slight crunch on the outside. Top with sea salt and its pure heaven!
You don't even use chocolate chips in the recipe- get a bar of your favorite quality dark chocolate (Trader Joes has a great value on quality chocolate bars) and chop it into chunks. The bigger, the better.
These chocolate chip cookies are so quick to whip up and the dough can be made ahead of time and freezes well.
A traditional chocolate chip cookie method calls to cream the butter and sugar together in a mixer. This recipe is glorious and does not require any mixer at all! You simply melt the butter and add the sugar.
1 cup unsalted butter (easier to melt when chopped into small pieces)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups of light brown sugar
1/2 cup Tahini Paste (can be found In most major grocery stores, including Trader Joes)
3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (I love King Arthur Flour)
1 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
2 large eggs (at room temp)
2 1/4 teaspoons of vanilla
1 cup of chopped bittersweet chocolate (I don't really measure but eyeball- its however much chocolate you like!)
-Sea Salt to top the cookie (I use Maldon Salt because it is a finishing sea salt and specifically made for baking)
If you don't want to add the Tahini- no problem! I LOVE this Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe so so much. No need to adjust any other Ingredients, just omit the Tahini.
1) Preheat oven to 350 F and Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
2) Chop your chocolate into chunks and set aside. I love having a mix of smaller and larger chunks.
3) In a medium, microwave safe bowl- melt the butter in 30 second increments, stirring each time to ensure that it evenly melts.
4) In a large bowl- whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt.
5) Whisk sugars into the bowl with the melted butter. Once fully combined, whisk in 1 egg and combine before adding the second egg. Stir in tahini. Add the vanilla.
6) Combine the wet Ingredients with your dry ingredients and mix with a spatula until combined. This step takes some wrist action for a few minutes but do not over mix! Fold in the chocolate.
7) Option to wrap the dough overnight- this enhances the flavor but its not required. You can also bake right away!
8) Bake for 10-11 minutes or until slightly golden on top. I always under bake my cookies because they will continue to bake once out of the oven. They may still appear soft but they will firm up! Take them out at this point.
Our sweet boy turned 1! When I started planning his birthday, I wasn't a fan of all the popular first birthday themes out there and knew we wanted simple decor for an intimate family gathering. I looked at the book "The Wonderful Things You Will Be' sitting on the coffee table and said- thats it! We used this book in our baby announcement and I thought the illustrations, colors and message of the book were so perfect for a first birthday theme. Not even realizing the cute play on words 'The ONEderful Things You Will Be".
When I looked up this party theme- I couldn't find a ton of inspiration or vendors to source party decor from so I am going to give you my breakdown:
Balloons: We decided to use the book as inspiration for the colors and went with soft shades of peach, blue, mint green and a few pops of color with orange and red. It was so cute, gender neutral and I absolutely loved the couple of accent colors to really make the balloon garland pop! We found the soft colored balloons in a variety pack on Amazon and used the orange and red from your standard variety pack of balloons. We made small balloon garland and had blown up balloons standing next to the dessert table.
Acrylic Signs & Cake Topper: We love to support local small businesses and partnered with David and Leanna to design and create a custom acrylic calligraphy sign with a quote from the book "This is the first time there has ever been YOU, so I wonder what wonderful things you will do" and a dessert table sign that read "You are the icing on my cake". And she made the cutest ONE Cake topper! We also printed out several photos of our little guy and our baby announcement that had the book cover and put them in simple frames from Target to scatter around the house.
Napkins and Glassware: Balancing Balloons is a local rental company in Seattle and they have the most beautiful collection of glassware! We opted for different shades of light and dark blue glassware for our wine and cocktails and handmade soft blue napkins, that was also used on the dessert table for added color and texture!
Dessert Table: Our favorite part! Landen had to have an epic dessert table and birthday cake. The dessert table is usually the focal point of the party so we decided to decorate this table with the most decor and offer a variety of desserts (I'm not naive that cake isn't for everyone!)
We made the cloud backdrop and it honestly took less than 10 min! We just did a quick YouTube search and found a super easy method. I love the way they turned out and they absolutely made the dessert table! The Happy Birthday Banner was such a perfect addition and found this on Meri Meri, including the adorable paper plates!
Florals: These were also DIY! Trader Joes as the best prices and a variety of beautiful flowers. We got soft blue hydrangeas, peach colored roses and greenery and made 4-5 small bouquets to scatter on different tables, including the dessert table.
Dessert Menu: Not everyone likes cake as much as I do (spoiler alert- Landen was a big fan of the smash cake!) I always suggest offering 2-3 different desserts at a party. We had a Funfetti Smash Cake, Carrot Cake for the adults, homemade marshmallows for the kiddos that also made great party favors and we made cloud shape and 1 shape rice krispy treats with frosting and Cake Batter Flavored Caramels! We used the extra marshmallows to cut out a cloud and 1 shape for an edible cake topper!
There was a taco bar, spicy margaritas and lots of dessert! To make the party extra special, I made a quick video/slideshow of photos to recap Landen's first year and included all of his amazing family in the video! We also had a banner of his 1-11 month photos that added such a special touch. Happy Birthday baby boy- we love you so so much and can't wait to see all the wonderful things you will be!!
Hello! I'm Candice and I love baking. This blog is dedicated to all things sweet, exploring your passion, staying inspired and encouraging you to Eat More Cake!