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11 Sweet Ways to Use Tahini (and Halva)

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We know tahini dressing—over and over again. And hummus might as well be water at this point.

But more and more in our test kitchen and out in the world, tahini (sesame paste) and halvah (its candy form) keep showing up. It's nothing new in the Middle East—but while we may be slow learners, we're happy to have caught on.

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Not only does it add salty-savoriness to desserts or baked goods, but it has an earthiness flaky salt (a previous standby) could never bring. Here are 11 desserts (and morning goods) that bring tahini to the sweet side:

Tahini Mousse Pie
Tahini Mousse Pie
Halvah and Nutella Babka
Halvah and Nutella Babka
Tahini Brown Sugar Sesame Rolls
Tahini Brown Sugar Sesame Rolls
Fruit Salad with Tahini-Coconut Dressing
Fruit Salad with Tahini-Coconut Dressing
Chocolate-Covered Almond Halvah
Chocolate-Covered Almond Halvah
Halawa Truffles

Halawa Truffles by Suzanne Zeidy

Tehina Shortbread Cookies

Tehina Shortbread Cookies by Michael Solomonov

Baked Halva
Baked Halva
Tahini "Soufflé" (Molten Tahini Cakes)
Tahini "Soufflé" (Molten Tahini Cakes)
Tahini Date Shake
Tahini Date Shake
Rice Pudding with Sesame Crumble and Blueberries
Rice Pudding with Sesame Crumble and Blueberries

Tell us: How do you like to cook (or bake) with tahini?


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