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Tahini Brownies

  • Author: Natalie
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 9 large or 16 small brownies
  • Category: Baking, Brownies, Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


These gooey, fudgy tahini brownies are rich, flavorful and decadent. The swirls of tahini and chocolate makes them extra special and delicious!


  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons tahini, room temperature, divided
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup Dutch processed cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, light or dark, packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. With the oven rack in the middle position, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 x 8 inch square pan with enough parchment paper to create an overhang of at least two inches on two sides.
  2. Melt the butter and semisweet chocolate together in a bowl in the microwave. Microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring in between until melted. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup of the tahini and the powdered sugar. Set aside.
  4. Sift together the flour, cocoa, and salt. Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, briskly whisk together the eggs and sugars for about a minute or until mixture becomes pale and creamy. Whisk in the vanilla, followed by the remaining 2 tablespoons of tahini and the reserved butter/melted chocolate mixture. Use a wooden spoon or a spatula to gently stir in the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined then pour into the prepared pan.
  6. Use a teaspoon to drizzle the prepared tahini-powdered sugar mixture overtop. To do so, scoop some of the mixture onto your spoon and drizzle it in swirls over the top of the mixture. Next, use a toothpick or the tip of a knife to gently make swirls in the batter. Do just a few swirls in each section as you make your way across the mixture. Be careful not to over-swirl or you won’t get the cool marbled look. 
  7. Bake 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs when inserted in the middle of the brownies. Do not wait until it comes out with no crumbs. 
  8. Cool in the pan for at least 2 hours at room temperature or 1 hour in the fridge. 

Keywords: tahini, brownies, dessert, chocolate, cocoa