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Brown Butter Tahini Blondies

These dense, chewy blondies are packed with tahini and nutty brown butter for a super rich, delicious dessert bar.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Cooling Time10 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine: American, Fusion, Middle Eastern
Keyword: blondies, brown butter, brown butter blondies, brown butter tahini blondies, easy dessert, halva, tahina, tahini blondie, tahini dessert
Servings: 16 pieces
Author: The Elegant Economist


  • Saucepan (to brown butter in)
  • One 8x8" / 20x20cm square cake tin


  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick - 115g)
  • ½ cup good tahini plus an extra teaspoon or two to grease your cake tin (225g)
  • 1 cup brown sugar (200g)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp ground Ceylon (true) cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (120g)


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease your baking tin with tahini liberally, and set aside.

Brown the Butter:

  • In a small saucepan, over medium heat, melt your butter. Once the butter is fully melted use a whisk to gently stir it. After a couple of minutes the milk solids in the butter will begin to turn brown. Once the butter has reached an even, caramel colour (the flecks should be a medium golden brown, not black!) remove from the heat immediately and set aside.

Make the Blondies:

  • In a bowl combine your brown butter, tahini, and brown sugar. Use your whisk to combine well.
  • Add your egg and vanilla extract, followed by the salt and cinnamon, and stir well to combine. Finally, add your flour to the mixture until it forms a thick, almost solid mixture. Press into the baking tin and smooth the top with a spatula.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until until lightly browned around the edges and the center has firmed up a bit. Leave to cool for at least ten minutes in the baking tin before removing and slicing. Can be served warm (with a dollop of vanilla ice cream!) or at room temperature.


Can be stored for up to 5 days in an airtight container at room temperature, though they likely won't last that long.