Go Back

Tahini Thumbprint Cookies

These Tahini Thumbprint Cookies with Pear-Ginger Jam are your new favorite not-too-sweet, perfectly earthy and bright holiday cookies. Plus, they're vegan!

Course Dessert, Sweet Thangs
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 20 cookies


Pear-Ginger Jam Ingredients

  • 3 bosc pears, peeled and chopped (about 520 grams)
  • 2" ginger knob, peeled and chopped (about 25 grams)
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar (108 grams)
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom

Tahini Thumbprint Cookie Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats (3 oz)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (6 oz)
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar (2 oz)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar (2 oz)
  • 2/3 cup tahini (5 oz)
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 7 tbsp oat milk, divided (sub other non dairy milk)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • candied ginger, sliced, for garnish


  1. Peel and dice pears into small chunks, mix in a small wide sauce pan with peeled and sliced ginger, cane sugar, lemon juice, and ground cardamom. Cook on medium high, stirring occasionally until you reach a temperature of 215-220°F, or until it reaches your desired consistency on a chilled spoon. (This will take 15-20 minutes and the pears will cook down significantly).

  2. Use a spoon to push the pear mixture through a fine mesh strainer, until all of the pear and ginger has broken down. Place jam in the refrigerator or freezer to cool while you prepare the cookies.

  3. Preheat oven to 325.

  4. While the jam is cooling, combine flaxseed meal and oat milk in a small bowl and let stand for 10 mins.

  5. Meanwhile, combine rolled oats, all purpose flour, cane sugar, light brown sugar, tahini and sea salt in a bowl. Add flaxseed-oat milk mixture. Stir to combine.

  6. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.

  7. Scoop 1 heaping tablespoon of cookie batter, and roll into a ball. Place on baking tray and use thumb to press a crater in the center of the cookie. Repeat for all of the cookies.

  8. Dollop jam in the middle of the cookie to fill the crater. Repeat for all cookies.

  9. Bake for 18-20 mins, or until the bottom is browned. Remove from oven and let on the baking sheet.

  10. Garnish with candied ginger slices on top!