These vegan matcha tahini turtle cookies are almost too cute to eat. Almost. They’re a delicious and healthy sesame seed based cookie with a subtle sweetness, making this the perfect dessert for treat lovers everywhere. Even if you’re like my mum, who doesn’t like things to be too sweet, this one’s for you.
Aside from how fun they are to put together (if you like crafts and DIY you’ll love this), the cookies are made with good for you ingredients in just one bowl. I think they make a fun, kid friendly treat, but they would also be great for parties, gifts or holidays involving turtles. Ok, I don’t actually know of any turtle-related holidays, but if you do, let me know.
What’s in these matcha tahini turtle cookies you ask? Predominantly tahini of course, alongside matcha, oat flour, and maple syrup to sweeten. If you’re a longtime Veggiekins Blog reader, then you probably recognize these ingredients and already know that the base of these cookies is my tried and true, Maple Tahini Cookie base.
Because this recipe is oil free, I highly recommend using a non-stick baking sheet. I use this reusable, silicon baking mat versus single use parchment paper, however that will work as well. Alternatively, you can grease a cookie sheet, but I find that using a baking sheet of some kind makes for the easiest clean up.
Please follow the instructions on both cookie recipes, especially as it applies to baking times. These cookies are tricky, and may seem underbaked sometimes, but continue to cook as they cool, and firm up considerably. As always, if you prefer a softer cookie, then decrease cook time even more. Trust me when I say they cook up in no time!
I use this brand of matcha in almost all my recipes. It’s the matcha I grew up drinking, and my Japanese grandmother grew up drinking, from Kyoto. The family’s matcha brand has been around for over 300 years and they offer matcha at several different grades. I typically use a lower grade matcha for baking purposes, but you still want to use something mid-range so that the flavour of the matcha shell shines through.
And that’s it! Since I’ve shared this recipe so many times on the blog, I decided to leave you with this how-to guide for assembly instead.
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