no animals were harmed in the making of these cookies 😉

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.

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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.

the details

  • This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, oil free, refined sugar free, nut free and whole food plant based.
  • The green colour comes from matcha, meaning it’s 100% natural, no artificial colours here!
  • If you’re worried about bitterness from the tahini, rest assured the maple syrup and other ingredients really help to soften the flavour, and you end up with a rich, buttery, lightly sweet cookie. Trust me, I’m not a big fan of tahini ALONE myself, but love it with a little bit of maple!
  • For the recipe, please refer to the original Maple Tahini Cookie recipe, or the Monstera Matcha Cookies. Basically, we’re making a batch of OG Maple Tahini Cookie dough, adding about 2 tsp matcha powder to 2/3 of the dough.

secrets to success

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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BY Remy • July 23, 2019

Tahini Turtle Cookies (vegan, gluten free, wfpb)

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  1. Jess Koehler says:
    I wish I could give this a million infinity stars because these are my favorite cookies! I always make two batches and freeze in my stasher bags. They thaw out super quick, and are incredible! I love putting a chocolate chunk in the middle of them for fun ;)

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