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Almond Butter Tahini Cookies and 23 Passover Recipes!

“These almond butter tahini cookies are gluten free which makes them perfect for Passover. Chewy, but fragile, I know you will love them. Tasting like they are made with browned butter-but not- I know these cookies with dark chocolate, will be a new hit!”
Almond Butter Tahini Cookies are perfect for Passover Gluten Free and Delicious #glutenfreecookies #Passover #tahini
Passover is a week from Monday and my cooking has begun. Yesterday found me starting 2 pots of chicken soup and experimenting with a new almond butter, tahini cookie. I was pleasantly surprised by these. They taste rich and a lot like a browned butter cookie, but no butter in these except for the almond butter. Totally gluten free and perfect for Passover. I used just a touch of almond flour in them and some dark chocolate chips. I put most in the freezer but not before Manservant devoured 1/2 dozen of them. 
I still have a long ways to go and tomorrow I will be regrouting our shower that badly needed it. I took out the grout Thursday-what a mess!  I best figure out quickly what will be on our plate next Monday as Zoe and my folks arrive on Saturday. I’ll do as much as I can before they get here. To help me focus I decided to put together a round up of what’s been on our plates through the years. Even if you don’t celebrate Passover I know there will be something here to enjoy!
A few tips to pass on…I have made gefilte fish in the past but highly recommend Ungar’s gefilte fish, found in the freezer case. Add some onions, celery and carrots to the water when you boil this loaf. It is a hit! I also make my own horseradish easily in the food processor. Yes. It is a pain to peel and chop and WATCH OUT when you open the lid of the processor! Those fumes will get you! Throw in a bit of white vinegar, some salt and maybe a cooked beet if you need to tone it down. This is great horseradish!
I’m sure I will have some new recipes to add during the week if I get a chance. This matzoh grilled cheese is a favorite of mine and though I know it won’t work for Seder be sure to make it during the week. Love this! For snacks during the week this matzoh crunch more than suffices! Hopefully some of the menus below will give you some ideas if you are behind like I am. Spring cleaning got the best of me, as did spring fever. Happy Passover or Easter! 
                       Chopped Liver                                    Sephardic Charoset


Matzoh Ball Soup and Passover Menu 2015

Roast Chicken with Saffron, Hazelnuts and Honey   Glazed Chicken with Lemons and Olives


Za’atar Chicken with Lemons and Red Onions               Roasted Salmon with Roasted Fennel

                                                        Not My Mother’s Brisket

                          Macaroons 1                                          Macaroons 2


                                                     Matzoh Fool’s Toffee

Rosewater Meringues and Passover Menu 2016

           Marshmallows and Matzoh S’mores                        Chocolate Covered Orange Peels


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Our favorite Passover recipes over the years. Lots of tried and true ones here! #23Passoverrecipes www.thisishowicook.comAlmond butter tahini cookies are gluten free and perfect for Passover. So good, you'd think they had real butter in them. But no, these are dairy free, too! #glutenfree #tahini #Passover

Almond Butter and Tahini Cookies

Prep Time 15 MINS
Cook Time 15 MINS
Total Time 30 mins
Yields yield: About 2 dozen

These almond butter tahini cookies are gluten free which makes them perfect for Passover. Chewy, but fragile, I know you will love them. Tasting like they are made with browned butter-but not- I know these cookies with dark chocolate, will be a new hit!


  • 2 c brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 3/4 t vanilla
  • 1 1/4 c almond butter with salt (Make sure this is blended well!)
  • 1/2 c tahini (Make sure the oil is incorporated)
  • 1/4 t kosher salt and more to sprinkle on top
  • 1/4 c almond flour
  • 1/3 c dark chocolate chips


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt. Stir in almond butter and tahini. Mix well. Add almond flour and chocolate chips.
  2. Using a tablespoon drop dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. They will be oily. Freeze for about 30 minutes or chill overnight. If oil is puddled on the cookie sheet, use a paper towel to blot up before baking.
  3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350. Place about 15 dough balls per cookie sheet. Sprinkle with more salt if desired. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden. They will spread a bit and may become lacy at the edges. These crumbs taste like browned butter. So good! Cool and let set a minute or so before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


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    Kitchen Riffs
    April 1, 2017 at 4:02 am

    It's always important to do baking experiments! And this looks like a good one — I'll bet the flavor is super. And speaking of super, really nice list of recipes — thanks for sharing that. Don't envy you your re-grouting — not something I like, at all. I recommend a cocktail or two when you're finished. Rewards are important! 🙂

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    Angie Schneider
    April 1, 2017 at 8:11 am

    That's a great roundup of Passpover recipes! Had some black sesame paste cookies some while ago, so I am sure these with almond butter and white tahini are divine.

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    Tricia Buice
    April 1, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    What a wonderful roundup Abbe – and even though we don't celebrate Passover, these recipes are terrific. The almond butter cookies sound great and that potato kugel is calling my name. I have never attempted to re-grout my shower but I need to. You are my hero! Have a blessed weekend and thanks!

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    Cheri Savory Spoon
    April 2, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Hi Abbe, looks like you have a delicious and wonderful line-up of recipes this time of year for you and your family. Each one looks as if it has been prepared with love. I tried re-grouting about 10 years ago and my family still teases me about that one, wish you the best.

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    Liz Berg
    April 2, 2017 at 1:51 am

    Everything looks fabulous!! I'm especially drooling over all the desserts!

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    April 2, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Your cookies look great – and that raspberry meringue cake looks absolutely brilliant!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    April 3, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    I hope you give a tutorial on regrouting your shower, Abbe! That's something that needs to be done here as well. What a delicious round-up of recipes! I'm sure Passover will be delicious at your home. Great idea to get a head start. I need to get better at finding do-ahead recipes!

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    All That I'm Eating
    April 4, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    These all sound so delicious, especially those rosewater meringues. Love the idea of using tahini in a sweet recipe like this.

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    Balvinder Ubi
    April 4, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    All of the Passover recipes look so good! And, the cookies look fabulous. Thanks for sharing the gluten free recipe!

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    Sippity Sup
    April 4, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    I live with two Sephardics and there is often discussion about Ken's Grandma's Sephardic Charoset. So I thank you for this link. GREG

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    April 6, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Oh Abbe…thanks for sharing all the recipes for Passover…and I am loving the sound and the look of these cookies…almond butter and tahini…
    I hope you are having a wonderful week 🙂

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    Sippity Sup
    April 7, 2017 at 12:40 am

    I felt sure I'd already commented that the Sephardics in my household will be grateful for the Charoset link. Happy Passover… GREG

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