The Musette: Vegan tahini and date cookies

These thick, chewy cookies have a similar vibe to an oatmeal raisin cookie but  are way more interesting, with the savouriness from the tahini and sweet, sticky dates. One of my favourite things about them is that they don’t require any chilling, meaning they go from bowl to oven to plate in about 30 minutes – almost instant gratification!

Ingredients (makes 12)

  • 100g (3 1/2oz) tahini (sesame butter)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 4 tbsp neutral flavoured oil
  • 2 tbsp golden (or corn) syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 120g (1/2 cup) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 125g (1 cup) plain (all purpose) flour
  • 75g (1/2 cup) jumbo oats
  • 1 tsp bicarb. (baking) soda
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 130g (3/4 cup) chopped dates (I use Medjol)


1.Heat the oven to 180C (160C fan)/350F/gas 4 and line two large baking trays with greaseproof (parchment) paper.

Lined baking sheet and cookie scoop

2. Put the tahini, water, oil, golden syrup and vanilla in a bowl, and give everything a good mix until smooth. Stir in the sugar.

Cookie dough in a bowl

3. In a separate bowl, mix all the remaining ingredients. Pour in the tahini mixture and stir thoroughly to make a thick dough. Divide the dough into 12, roll into balls, put them on the baking trays and flatten them with your hand – how easy was that?

4. Bake for 14-16 minutes, until browned and the edges are firm but the middle is still a little soft. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Tahini and Date Cookies

5. I’ll be honest, these never last the day but I suppose they’d keep a few days in the biscuit tin – or maybe not.

20 Comments on “The Musette: Vegan tahini and date cookies

  1. Wow, the cookies in the final photo look terrific. I wonder if things such as raisins could be added to these, as with oatmeal cookies. Either way, what a delightful treat to serve with coffee or with tea.

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  2. Sounds delicious! I made some Betty Crocker peanut butter cookies yesterday and chopped up some Christmas chocolates to add, not sure how long they’ll last 🙂

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