Tahini Cookies with Dulce de Leche

Tahini Shortbread Cookies with Dulce de Leche

And on the 12th Day of Cookies, I bring to you Tahini Shortbread Cookies with Dulce de Leche!

These Sandwich Cookies with Dulce de Leche are quickly becoming a household favorite. They are buttery and nutty, sprinkled with sesame seeds, and delicious eaten anytime of day. 

If you haven’t realized tahini is one of my favorite ingredients to bake with and it pairs well many common ingredients such as brown sugar and dulce de leche. The tahini flavor in these cookies is subtle, yet there is still a trace of nuttiness. The dulce de leche compliments the tahini here perfectly.

Sandwich Cookies with Dulce de Leche

Caramel Cookies with Tahini

Tahini Shortbread Cookies with Dulce de Leche

This shortbread cookies recipe is very easy to make and requires just a few ingredients. 

  • butter
  • sugar
  • light brown sugar
  • tahini
  • vanilla
  • flour
  • baking powder & salt
  • sesame seeds

Tahini Shortbread Cookie Recipe with Dulce de Leche

The dough comes together in just a few minutes, but you must allow it to chill for at least 30 minutes before rolling it out. Once baked and cooled, the cookies are sandwiched together with dulce de leche.

I like to make my own dulce de leche out of a can of sweetened condensed milk (learn how here), but store-bought works as well! 

Dulce de Leche Cookies

Tahini Shortbread Cookies with Dulce de Leche Recipe

12 Days of Cookies

Day 1: Chocolate Peppermint Cream Sandwich Cookies

Day 2: Chewy Walnut Spice Cookies with Honey Glaze

Day 3: Salted Chocolate Chunk Espresso Shortbread Cookies

Day 4: Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Day 5: Strawberry Almond Linzer Cookies

Day 6: Bakery Style White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Day 7: Cut-Out Pecan Sandies

Day 8: Fudgy Dark Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Day 9: Homemade Milano Cookies

Day 10: Cut Out Orange Sugar Cookies

Day 11: Chocolate Covered Gingerbread Cookies

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Tahini Shortbread Cookies with Dulce de Leche

Tahini Cookies with Dulce de Leche

Buttery and rich Tahini Shortbread Cookies are sandwiched together with dulce de leche for a decadent treat.
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Cookies
Servings 14 cookie sandwiches


  • 3/4 cup butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds for topping
  • 1 can dulce de leche homemade or store bought


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugars until light a fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add tahini and vanilla and mix until combined
  • In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix on low speed until there are no more dry spots. Transfer the dough to a piece of plastic wrap and cover tightly. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Roll out chilled dough between two sheets of parchment paper, to 1/4-inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut into 2-inch rounds. Transfer cookies to baking sheet and sprinkle sesame seeds over half of the cookies. Gently press down sesame seeds. Bake 9-11 minutes. Remove cookies from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  • Once cookies are completely cooled, add 2 tsp dulce de leche to the flat side of half of the cookies (without sesame seeds). Top with flat side of remaining sesame seed covered cookies.
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  1. 4 stars
    These are good. I kinda wish the tahini flavor came out stronger after baking, because it’s very mild compared to the bit of raw dough I tasted (although my whole kitchen smells like sesame). I did have a problem with the cookies breaking once baked and mine puffed and spread more than yours seem to. Might tweak a bit if I do this again.

    1. I haven’t made these cookies with Bob’s Red Mill GF flour, but from my past experiences, it substitutes pretty well in recipes. If you try it, let me know the results!

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