Kitchen Scraps: Peppermint Chocolate Tahini Cookies

November 9, 2016

Peppermint Chocolate Tahini Cookies by Faring Well

Welcome to another edition of “kitchen scraps”, where the leftover little recipes in my kitchen find a home. Here you will find a simple recipe I enjoyed but didn’t make the cut for a full-bodied blog post. I hope you enjoy the little wins I get to share with you here – and let me know if you give any “kitchen scraps” a try by tagging your Instagram photos #fwkitchenscraps

Alright you guys, full disclosure? The reason there have been fewer full-bodied blog posts around here the past few weeks isn’t because I haven’t been developing recipes and conducting photoshoots – I have been, incessantly. It’s because this is our first fall in our new home, and I cannot for the life of me find it’s “light”. Just as I was adapting to summer, everything changed. And with the time change my photo-world was rocked on another level. Isn’t that silly? It may be, but it’s true. While I take some time to rediscover and get creative with the new light in our home I have been taking single snaps of some tried-and-true recipes on heavy rotation over here to share with you still.

I’ve been teasing you on my Instagram stories with these cookies the past two weeks and decided it is time. This magical flavor combo is something to be studied. You have to trust me, from the chocolate to the tahini to the peppermint and even coconut – don’t skip even one of these elements in order to experience the true magic of the cookie. Scott has proclaimed this new flavor to be his “favorite I’ve ever made”. We have been storing batches in the freezer and eating them directly out of the ice box (they are crazy good, give a few a try). And now that our stores have dried up, I’ve decided it’s time to share the recipe with you – so enjoy a few more for me okay?

I’m hoping to have my next full-post be a little health update covering all the new data from the recent tests with my naturopathic doctor – including many food allergies (no wonder I’ve felt terrible for so long). Sadly sesame seeds are one of them, and I can now only eat something with sesame once a week, tops. You know these cookies are going to make it into that rotation in the future again, but for now they are for you to enjoy. If you try these babes let me know what you think! And have the merriest week friends, I am so grateful for you. – xx

Inspired by the wickedly talented Molly Yeh
Makes 10 regular, or 5 extra large cookies.

3/4 cup light spelt flour
1/4 cup raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa)
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
pinch of ground cinnamon
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons plain nut milk
1/4 cup light tahini
1/2 cup coconut sugar
mint dark chocolate, for topping
coconut ribbons, for topping

Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.

Warm the coconut oil in a small saucepan until completely melted, remove from the heat and add the nut milk, vanilla, tahini, and coconut sugar. In a medium mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients (listed spelt flour through cinnamon) and mix well with a fork. Add the wet ingredients from the saucepan to the dry and stir well. Once mixed, set aside to thicken while you chop the toppings.

Chop roughly 1 cup of coconut ribbons into smaller pieces and set aside. Now chop the mint dark chocolate bar into small chunks (about 1/2 cup total).

Using a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop, portion 10 rounded spoonfuls of dough onto the parchment lined baking sheet (or double up on your scoops to make 5 large cookies, leaving plenty of space for them to grow). Press down on each cookie to form a thick disk so they cook evenly. Top with a hefty spoonful of chopped mint dark chocolate, followed by a generous topping of the coconut ribbons.

Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes in the oven. Let cool on the cookie sheet on the counter before serving. The cookies will be soft. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer, and if you are like us – enjoy them straight from the ice box as-is.


  • Reply Maya | Spice + Sprout November 9, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Jessie, these look amazing! We are tahini cookie buds today, I just posted a tahini cookie recipe on my blog! :) I totally get the light issues. I’ve moved so much in the last few years and rediscovering light potential can be frustrating. But, it can also be such a good source of inspiration and new material! Hope it goes well, looking forward to see more of your beautiful photos <3

  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine November 9, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    O my goodness! Well I think this will be MY new favorite holiday cookie flavor <3 Tahini + Chocolate + Mint…that is heaven!

  • Reply Jessica November 9, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    The cookies look amazing and I have total #tahinilove! But I can’t easily do gluten…have you tested this recipe with a GF flour?

  • Reply Jessica Kelley November 9, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    These have holiday cookies written all over them! I love these new little posts as much as the full recipes. It’s a good balance for the blog, I think. Your light struggles would never be know if you didn’t share. Your photos look flawless as always. I’ve been trying so hard to focus on styling and light. Even if I know I’m not going to post the food, I’ve been trying to take the time to photograph it just for the practice. A side note on these cookies and your new found out allergies…Maybe try making them with cashew butter and your new cashew milk! :) who knows it could be your favorite! Sending lots of love and hugs.

  • Reply Lea November 9, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Hey! I’m allergic to sesame seeds too! And eggs, mushrooms and pineapple. Take heart, it will get better!

  • Reply Marta e Mimma | Naturalmente buono November 10, 2016 at 1:19 am

    would love a post about your food allergies as I always feel so bad and I’m wondering what kind of test are the best for discovering if I have any food allergies. This cookies, though. I have a huge crush on everything tahini (which I’m not allergic to) and you know, there’s no such a thing like chocolate + tahini. Will try those babies very soon. xo

  • Reply Tori//Gringalicious November 10, 2016 at 1:38 am

    These look and sound wonderful! Perfect for the season!

  • Reply Kati | black.white.vivid. November 10, 2016 at 1:49 am

    Oh my, food allergies are probably a foodies worst dream come true. Watched you Instagram Stories and being allergic to almonds is such a bummer. But at least you know what makes you feel so terrible. So I guess there is a good thing in all of that. And cookies like these can still be a special treat for you. xx

  • Reply Brooke @ Chocolate + Marrow November 11, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    First of all, I actually love the idea of the “single photo” posts. I’ve done those in the past when a full shoot has been impossible and secretly wish we bloggers could move to that model ;) ;) Also, I’m MAJOR struggling with finding the light in our temporary Louisiana digs. (Boat is in repair mode so we haven’t moved on just yet–ugh, that’ll be a whole new challenge trying to photograph there!) It’s harder than most people think to find the light and the manipulations to it required to create the vision of your artistry and the changing seasons adds a new wrinkle to the process for sure…Just know I’m there with ya, sister!

    Sorry to hear about the new allergies, boo, but happy you get to have these cookies at least once a week ;) xo

  • Reply Emily | Gather & Dine November 15, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Oh I know the struggle with the ever-changing light! It can be stressful since it’s so out of our control, right? But the cookies- I love your creative mind. Chocolate+sesame+peppermint sounds so sophisticated and hip, and I bet these are such a treat. Pinning and will hopefully get around to trying them out this holiday season. Big hugs in the midst of struggling with health and allergies. You have such an inspirational never- giving-up attitude. xo

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