Tahini Bars

These rich, thick bars are reminiscent of blondies but I am not going to call them blondies because their consistency is totally different. They are dense and crumbly, but in the best way. 

Before learning about Molly Yeh's obsession with tahini baked goods, I only knew tahini as an ingredient for hummus. Tahini is toasted sesame seed paste or "butter." However, when eaten alone, tahini is not totally savory but nutty and unique. This past year for food bloggers has been a year of tahini: tahini cookies, tahini bars, tahini blondies, and more. I have finally hopped on that train and heavily adapted this recipe to create a delicious bar that is drizzled in chocolate. 

Tahini Bars #tahini #chocolate

This year, I will be restarting Thursday Thoughts soon but for now I will share some of my New Year's Resolutions! I love resolutions but prefer to refer to them as goals.

Some of my New Year's Goals:

·      Read two books per month, one book is for fun and the other is for personal growth or business development. This month I read The Book Thief and am currently reading Big Magic. The Book Thief was amazing and I highly recommend it

·      Post three recipes on the blog per month, sharing lots of savory, dinner recipes

·      Create some boundaries with my phone, especially scrolling though Instagram

·      Complete weekly 15 Minute Planner sessions, this has been a very useful tool for me so far

Tahini Bars #tahini
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Tahini and Chocolate Bars
Rich tahini bars drizzled with semi sweet chocolate
Ingredients
  • 1/2 C salted butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 C light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 C tahini
  • 1 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1 T warm water
  • 1 T sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1 C semisweet chocolate chips
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper: cut parchment paper so that it fits into the dish with two sides overhanging. 2. In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the melted butter and brown sugar until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating on medium between additions. Add vanilla and tahini. Mix until combined. Scrape down sides. 3. With the mixer off, add the flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix on the lowest setting until combined. Scrape down sides. Turn the mixer back on to low and add the warm water until just combined. 4. Transfer dough to prepared dish and smooth down with a spatula. Sprinkle sesame seeds evenly over the dough.5. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the center is no longer shiny and it is cooked through. 6. Cool in the dish for 5 minutes then, using the parchment paper overhangs, transfer the bars to a cooling rack. 7. Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe measuring cup. Heat on high for 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval until melted. Drizzle chocolate over the bars. Let cool.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8"x8" pan
Tahini Bars #tahini

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