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double chocolate chai tahini cookies

a dark, rich cookie with chunks of caramelized white and semi sweet chocolate in every bite. sweet, nutty, with a hint of spicy chai; chewy in the center with a slight crisp around the edges. these cookies are packed full of flavor and are sure to be a new holiday favorite.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
cooling time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 22 cookies


  • stand mixer with paddle attachment
  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • heavy bottom pan


  • 2 c all purpose flour (240g)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp chai spice see recipe notes for custom blend
  • 1/3 c dutch process cocoa (32g)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 12 tbsp usalted butter, browned and cooled to room temperature (reduced to 113g) sub with 113g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 c light moscovado sugar (330g) (sub with packed light brown)
  • 3/4 c tahini, well stirred
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste (sub with vanilla extract)
  • 2 c assorted chocolate chips, chunks and disks (this reciep uses a ratio of 1:1 semi sweet: caramelized white chocolate)


  • To make the brown butter, melt butter in a clear heavy bottom pot. Once the butter starts to foam, whisk continuously until brown bits start to form. Remove from heat, pour into clean bowl, skim the foam from the top and cool to room temperature (15 minutes), stir then chill in the fridge an addional 20-25 minutes. The butter should begin to solidify, but shouln't be cold. If its cold, let come to room temperature for 5 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and powder, salt and chai spice. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, with paddle attachment, cream together the browned butter, sugar and tahini until light and fluffy (3-4 minutes). Beat in cocoa powder until well combined. Add in eggs and yolk one at a time, beating until each is well incorporated. Add vanilla and beat until well incorporated.
  • Add dry ingredients to the wet 1/2 at a time. Mix on lowest setting until JUST combined. Do not overmix. Gently fold in assorted chocolate chips, chunks or disks.
    Cover the mixing bowl with pastic wrap. Chill in the fridge at least 1-2 hours and up to overnight. Scoop dough out using a 2" cookie scoop with trigger release onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350F for 12-16 minutes or until cookies are set around the edges. The center may still look slightly underbaked. Pull cookies from the oven, cool on the cookie sheet placed on top of a cooling rack for 3 minutes.
    Using a spatula, gently remove cookies from the pan, onto a cooling rack and cool an additional 10 minutes.


chai spice: Feel free to use a store bought version if you have one you like. If you’d like to make a homemade version, here is my preferred version: 
3 tbsp ground ginger 
2 tbsp ground cinnamon 
1 tbsp ground allspice 
1 tbsp ground cardamon 
1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 
1 1/2 tsp ground cloves 
Mix all ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Store in an airtight container such as spice jar or small glass mason jar.
Keyword caramelized white chocolate, chocolate chip cookies, homemade, simple, tahini
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