11 Recipes You Need this Holiday Season

December Holidays mean friends, family and FOOD. Have you made your holiday recipe list and checked it twice? From chicken dinners for feasting to cozy hot cocoa nights, we’ve got you covered. Up your entertaining game and bring the taste of tahini to your table with eleven recipes you need this holiday season! 

 

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Mamaleh’s Tahini Cookies

Noted to be peanut butter’s cooler cousin, tahini lends its creamy, earthy notes into Mamaleh’s Tahini Cookies. They’re buttery like shortbread cookies, yet contain this deep richness thanks to tahini that peanut butter just doesn’t quite match. These cookies also make for an elevated shortbread cookie to add to your cookie tray. Don’t forget to stash a few in the freezer to satisfy those late-night cravings. For a less sweet version, try our Silan Tahini Halva Cookies, where silan date syrup is swapped for some of the refined sugar in the original recipe.

 

Skillet Chicken with Date Syrup, Sumac & Tahini

Adeena Sussman describes this recipe as “the chicken of my dreams.”  We know you’ll definitely be dreaming of this chicken for years to come. The combination of tahini, silan, and sumac in this recipe “cloaks the chicken like a bespoke velvet robe” in the most beautiful way. This comforting dish is a bit more involved, but we promise you won’t think twice after having a taste of this chicken dish.

 

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Smoky Roasted Eggplant Carrot Tahini Dip

Don’t fuss over difficult appetizers! This easy Smoky Roasted Eggplant Carrot Tahini Dip is a delicious make-ahead starter that is perfect for the holidays. This silky-smooth dip integrates robust Middle Eastern flavors into your crudité platter thanks to the harissa, Soom Tahini, parsley and pomegranate used in this recipe. With endless ways to enjoy, this dip makes an amazing addition to any holiday appetizer menu, and it is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for all of your guests.

 

The Perfect Chrismukkah Cookie

Now that we’re over the Thanksgiving craze, it’s time to ring in the end of the year holidays. Since Channukkah and Christmas align with one another this year, combine these holidays with Adeena Sussman’s Perfect Chrismukkah Cookies. This all-in-one cookie doesn’t disappoint. The tahini lends its nutty flavor to the shortbread-like cookies and the tangy, sweet cream cheese frosting layered in between makes it an irresistible bite. So, take our advice: don’t let the endless holiday cookie recipes overwhelm you. Let the most difficult decision you make this season be whether or not to eat a couple more of these tahini sandwich cookies with tahini-cream cheese frosting. 

 

chocolate tahini hot cocoa

Chocolate Tahini Hot Cocoa

Our Chocolate Tahini Hot Cocoa is a must every winter season! It’s incredibly easy to make and can be customized to your chocolate preference. Perfectly sweet with subtle nutty notes, our chocolate tahini hot cocoa is a more nutritious option compared to the standard packaged hot chocolate mix. Pair this hot beverage with a mound of warm blankets for a perfectly cozy winter evening or Christmas Day.

 

Date Martinez Cocktail

Part Manhattan and part Martini; save the date for this Date Martinez cocktail. Part with all of the sugary desserts that we consume over the holiday season and drink this cocktail that’s sweetened with silan date syrup for a sophisticated twist. Soom Silan’s rich flavor complements the wonderfully nutty and dry amontillado sherry. Making a cocktail for a holiday party may seem somewhat daunting, but all you need is a few ingredients and a cocktail strainer to really impress your guests.

 

double chocolate chunk tahini cookies

Double Chocolate Chunk Tahini Cookies

We’ve been working on perfecting the ultimate Double Chocolate Chunk Tahini Cookie and honestly, we nailed it. They’re crispy on the outside while slightly chewy in the middle, and filled with puddles of chocolatey goodness. Made from Soom Chocolate Sweet Tahini and semi-sweet chocolate chunks, these cookies celebrate the union of chocolatey, slightly nutty, and sweet flavors. Add them to your holiday cookie tray, to your cookie exchange, or serve them at your next family affair for a cookie everyone will enjoy snacking on.

 

Zucchini “Latkes” with Zesty Tahini Sauce

You say potato, we say zucchini! From year to year, it can be difficult to bring variation to a holiday that lasts eight nights. Don’t get us wrong — we LOVE potato latkes, but want to spice up the holiday this year with a healthier twist. This lighter take on the classic holiday favorite uses fiber-rich vegetables in place of white potatoes. Pair these zucchini “latkes” with a cumin-y, lemony tahini sauce richer as sour cream and more nutritious, too for a treat the whole family will kvell over.

 

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Matcha Tahini White Chocolate Bark 

Looking for the ultimate festive treat? We’ve got you. Dishing Out Health’s Matcha-Tahini White chocolate bark is the perfect quick recipe! It’s great for gift-giving, holiday parties, or simply to sweeten up your holiday season. Why? First off, sweet treats are the perfect affordable gift for your neighbors, coworkers, and friends. Second, the simple earthiness of the matcha is balanced and rounded out by our tahini. Third, this bark gets a subtle zing from the orange zest that really makes this treat unique and special. Bake an extra batch because you’ll want to save some for yourself, too.

 

Cauliflower Steaks with Harissa Tahini Sauce

This simple vegan “steak” recipe is sure to be a show-stopping entree at your next holiday gathering. Whether your catering to your guest’s dietary restrictions or you’re looking for a delicious addition to your holiday spread, these Cauliflower Steaks with Harissa Tahini Sauce pack a punch of flavor. We say enjoy this healthier (vegan) entree so you can bulk up on desserts!

 

Chocolate Mug Cakes

The need for cozy days has finally arrived. Bring on the “healthier” comfort food with these quick and easy chocolate mug cakes. So much holiday food prep involves endless steps with a large ingredient list as well as setting up the mixers, pots, pans, and ovens. Skip that if you’re short on time (or don’t enjoy baking) and want a rich, chocolatey dessert. (That is, besides eating a spoonful of Chocolate Sweet Tahini of course!). Instead, make your microwave your new best friend with this decadent holiday treat. Use our silan date syrup as the natural sweetener in this gluten-free and kid-friendly dessert we’ve been loving this season.