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Almond-Tahini Cookies

Almond-Tahini Cookies

Makes about 2 dozen cookies
Serves 12
 
Ingredients 
1½ cups almond meal
½ teaspoon baking soda
⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ cup honey
⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon tahini
1 vanilla bean pod or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon Maldon sea salt flakes, optional
 
Tools
1 small bowl, 1 medium bowl, standing mixer, optional, 2 sheet pans
 
1 Make the cookie dough
Heat the oven to 350ºF. Set 2 oven racks in the middle and upper thirds of the oven.
In a medium bowl or the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on low speed, stir together the almond meal, baking soda, and kosher salt. 
In a small bowl, using a fork, stir together the honey and tahini. Using a paring knife, cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape the seeds into the honey mixture (or stir in the vanilla extract). Stir to combine.
Pour the honey mixture into the dry ingredients and blend to form a smooth dough.
 
2 Shape the cookies
LIghtly oil 2 sheet pans or line them with parchment paper.
 
Measure out 1 level tablespoon of dough. Using your hands, roll the dough into 1-inch balls. Transfer the balls to the prepared sheet pan, spacing them about 2 inches apart. Use the palm of your hand or the bottom of a drinking glass to flatten each ball to a ¼-inch-thick round. Crush the Maldon sea salt flakes between your fingers to sprinkle them evenly top of each round. 
 
3 Bake the cookies
Transfer the sheet pans to the oven and bake, rotating the pans once halfway through, until golden brown and firm around the edges, 8 to 9 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven and let the cookies on the pans for 5 minutes
 
4 Serve
Transfer the cookies to a serving plate and serve warm, or let cool and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
 
Nutrition per serving (2 cookies): Calories: 140, Protein: 4g (8% DV), Fiber: 2g (8% DV), Total Fat: 11g (17% DV), Monounsaturated Fat: 1.5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.5g, Saturated Fat: 1g (5% DV), Cholesterol: 0mg (0% DV), Sodium: 290mg (12% DV), Carbohydrates: 10g (3% DV), Total Sugars: 6g, Added Sugars: 6g (12% DV). Not a significant source of trans fat.
 
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