Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Sesame Cookies
So, this recipe is a little outside the box, but to find a really good gluten-free, nut-free cookie is like finding a precious gem. Here’s the thing though: you have to like the taste of sesame to dig this cookie. It’s really good – soft and chewy, just sweet enough. But, sesame is the chief flavor here.
Sesame seeds are like the humblest little things, aren’t they? You don’t often think of them as more than a garnish on Asian foods or atop a bagel. (Sesame seed bagels are my most favorite, by the way). But, sesame seeds are responsible for things like tahini (read: hummus), sesame oil and about a bajillion different spice mixtures (like Za’atar and Dukkah).
In this glorious version, I’ve used ground sesame as a flour. I did NOT grind sesame seeds at home in my spare time. You can buy sesame flour on Amazon…. Have no fear. Because of the intensity of the flour, I decided not to use tahini as the glue / fat. I used good, old fashioned butter instead. This recipe is not unlike that of a sugar cookie. Other than softening the butter, this whole thing comes together in about 20 minutes.
This is an awesome alternative for those who are gluten-free. Since it’s also nut-free, you can rest easy if you serve them at a party where there might be folks with allergies.
Try them and let me know what you think!