T’china (Tahini) Cookies

These cookies are very popular here in Israel, and in the Middle East in general.

They are super easy to make, and they can be stored in a closed box for several days.

For all you Halva fans out there, these cookies resemble Halva somewhat in taste and texture, since both are made out of T’china (tahini).



  • 1 cup T’china (sesame tahini) – storebought
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 200 grams (approx. 7 oz) butter
  • 1 envelope vanilla sugar
  • 350 grams (2 1/2 cups) self-rising flour
  • whole or half walnuts – one to put on top of each cookie before baking.


  1. Put all the ingredients (EXCEPT for the whole walnuts) in food processor.
  2. Process until it forms a dough.
  3. Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F)
  4. Make balls the size of big marbles.
  5. Place on baking sheet that has been lined with baking (parchment) paper. Make sure that there is enough space between cookies, since they may expand during baking.
  6. In center of the top of each ball, stick a walnut.
  7. Bake at 180 C (350 F) for about 20+ minutes; make sure that the cookies do not get too dark; they should be a golden color. They will spread and flatten while baking.
  8. Remove from oven, allow to cool on the cookie sheet and when they are at room temperature, put in a hermetically sealed box.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

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