sesame cookies

Moroccan Sesame Cookies Recipe. Gluten-Free Friendly

Sesame cookies are a great Sephardi favorite

Here is a great Moroccan, and in general Sephardi, flavor marriage for you: chickpeas, sesame and anise.

These sesame cookies are impossibly fragrant, crisp and delicious. They get their funky flavor and texture from the chick-pea flour. Moreover, they are only very reasonably sweet. A mostly guilt-free good-for-you cookie!

Sesame cookies are  a snap to adapt to Gluten-Free.

Just to be clear: 2 cups chick pea flour, plus 2 cups any flour of your choice, including gluten-free flour. Total 4 cups flour.


  • 2 cups flour, any flour including gluten-free
  • 2 cups chick pea flour (health food stores)
  • 1 cup natural margarine spread (health food stores), or coconut oil (butter if you don't mind dairy)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup anise seeds
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all ingredients thoroughly until a smooth dough forms. Form little walnut-size balls and flatten them with your hands. Place on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, placing flattened cookies 1 inch apart.

Bake about 25 minutes, or a couple minutes longer, until golden and crisp. Store at room temperature in air-tight cookie tins.


Yield: Yields about 4 dozen cookies

6 replies
  1. Leah
    Leah says:

    Levana, could coconut oil be a substitute for the margarine? And is there anything that could replace the sugar (1 cup, that’s quite a lot:-). I suppose coconut palm sugar would work, right?

    • Lévana
      Lévana says:

      Leah, as sugar goes, 1 cup of sugar to make 4 dozen-plus cookies is quite a decent amount. Compare that to more than double the amount in, say, chocolate chip cookies. Try to use natural solid sugars (I use evaporated cane juice and sucanat for everything). Coconut oil: Here I would say no, because I don’t want the fat to be liquid in this recipe, it will affect the texture adversely.

  2. omar
    omar says:

    This sounds great, i shall try it. Do you melt the margarine or use at room temperature?
    Chickpea flour can also be found in Indian stores along with sesame seeds and other goodies, all at reasonable prices.

    • Lévana
      Lévana says:

      Omar the natural margarine spread is never completely solid, so no need to do anything to it. Yup, love to get all my flours in Indian stores, amazing variety.

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