These delicious gluten-free Sesame Biscuits are a perfect accompaniment to a strong cup of tea or coffee. Made with plant-based and wheat-free ingredients such as tahini, sesame seeds, and almond flour, these delicious biscuits showcase the perfect fusion of flavours. Somewhere in between the Italian sesame cookies (Biscotti Reginelle) and Middle Eastern cookies, they have a satisfying texture that goes well with creamy desserts too!
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Why You’ll Love These Sesame Biscuits
- Gluten-Free: these sesame biscuits are made without any wheat flour, making them perfect for people with gluten intolerance. For another gluten-free option, visit our Almond Meringue Cookie or Peanut Butter Cookies recipes.
- Refined Sugar-Free: sweetened with maple syrup instead of sugar. Other refined sugar-free favourites of ours are Almond Flour Pumpkin Muffins and Honey Oat Cookies With Cranberries.
- Dairy-Free: made without butter, milk or any other dairy products. Our Peanut Butter Choc Chip Cookies are dairy-free too.
- Egg-Free: tahini acts as a binder in these biscuits. You can also try our Sourdough Garibaldi Biscuits for an egg-free treat.
- Vegan: no animal products are used in the recipe, but if you are not cooking for vegans, there are a few substitutions that you can make.
- Keep Well For Days: these sesame biscuits will stay fresh and crunchy for up to 1 week if stored currently.
- A Small Treat To Go With A Hot Drink: they are small, low-carb crunchy biscuits that are super delicious with a strong cup of coffee or tea.
- No Special Kitchen Tools Needed: you will only need a bowl and a large baking sheet (or cookie sheet).
- Perfect For Gifting: place them in small bags or a nice cookie jar!
- Healthier Than Most: these healthy sesame biscuits are so much better for you than most shop-bought treats that are full of sugar and unnecessary fats.
Ingredients and Substitutes
- ground almonds: also known as almond flour.
- sesame seeds: they add a delicious crunch and complement the tahini well.
- salt: we love Maldon Sea Salt Flakes.
- tahini: light or dark tahini. Creamy light tahini will produce lighter, less bitter cookies. And that’s what we used.
- maple syrup: can be replaced with other sweetened, like honey, agave syrup, date molasses etc.
- lime juice: substitute with lemon or orange juice.
- lime zest: replace with lemon or orange zest.
In a large bowl, combine sesame seeds, ground almonds, lime zest, and salt.
Add in the maple syrup, tahini, and lime juice, and thoroughly mix the ingredients together.
Next, take portions of the biscuit dough and shape them into 12 small, evenly-sized balls by gently pressing the mixture in your hands.
Once formed, gently flatten each ball slightly with the palm of your hands and sprinkle them with an additional amount of sesame seeds pressing them down to stick.
Place the prepared sesame seed biscuits in the centre of the oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes. They should turn golden brown and develop a crunchy texture on the edges. Transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Tips and Tricks
If this is your first time making these sesame almond cookies, this additional information and tips might help get great results:
- Mix The Tahini Well: oil separation in Tahini is a natural process. Make sure to mix it well to redistribute the oils before you use it.
- Optimal Baking Time: To achieve optimal results, you may need to adjust the baking time depending on how large your biscuits are. We use the amounts in the recipe card to form 12 small biscuits, but if you’re deviating from that, you may need to reduce or increase the baking time accordingly.
- Enhance the Flavor: For a delightful twist, consider adding a teaspoon of vanilla bean paste, orange blossom water or anise extract to your biscuit dough. These aromatic ingredients will impart subtle and enchanting notes, elevating the overall flavour profile of your sesame biscuits.
- Properly Shape the Dough: When shaping the dough into small balls, the best way to ensure even sizes is to use a measuring spoon or a small ice cream scoop. This will help create uniform biscuits that bake consistently.
- Extra Sesame Seed Crunch: To achieve a visually appealing and texturally delightful finish, sprinkle additional sesame seeds over the flattened biscuit dough. Alternatively, roll each small ball of dough in sesame seeds, then press them down onto the baking parchment-lined tray.
These Sesame Biscuits can be kept fresh and delicious for up to 1 week by storing them in an airtight container. After that, they start to soften and lose their crunch.
If you wish to extend their shelf life even further, simply transfer the container to the freezer. Consume within 3 months.
Eat these sesame-flavoured biscuits with a steaming cup of hot chocolate for a great flavour combination. Or enjoy them alongside a thoughtfully curated cheese board for a savoury-sweet-bitter combination. These biscuits also make the perfect accompaniment to your midmorning espresso or strong tea, adding a delicate crunch. For a decadent dessert experience, serve them alongside creamy desserts! Here are a few different recipes to serve these sesame biscuits with:
Sesame Biscuits (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
- In a large bowl, combine sesame seeds, ground almonds, lime zest, and salt.
- Add in the maple syrup, tahini, and lime juice, and thoroughly mix the ingredients together.
- Next, take portions of the biscuit dough and shape them into 12 small, evenly-sized balls by gently pressing the mixture in your hands.
- Once formed, gently flatten each ball slightly with the palm of your hands and sprinkle them with an additional amount of sesame seeds pressing them down to stick.
- Place the prepared sesame seed biscuits in the centre of the oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes. They should turn golden brown and develop a crunchy texture. Transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.