Sesame Cashew And Tahini Blondies

Sesame Cashew And Tahini Blondies
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Be sure the butter is soft for easy mixing. Sesame honey cashews are available at Trader Joe’s. You can also use chopped bits of sesame brittle or any dry-roasted nut.
Prep Time
20
minutes
Cook Time
35
minutes
Servings
2
4
Sesame Cashew and Tahini Blondies
Total time: 55 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup chopped sesame honey cashews or dry-roasted unsalted cashews
  • 5 1/2 ounce best-quality white chocolate broken into bits or chips
  • 3 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • coarse salt, for garnish
Directions
  1. Heat oven to 350F. Line a 13-by-9 inch baking pan with foil. Spray lightly with nonstick spray or brush lightly with oil.
  2. Mix 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder and ½ teaspoon salt in a small bowl.
  3. Beat 2 sticks of room-temperature butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in 1 ⅓ cups brown sugar and ⅓ cups tahini until smooth. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla, then beat in 2 eggs, one at a time, until smooth.
  4. With the mixer on low, beat in flour mixture just until incorporated. Use a spoon to stir in 1 cup chopped nuts and 5 ½ ounces white chocolate.
  5. Transfer batter to prepared pan, then use an offset spatula to spread into an even layer. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons sesame seeds and a few generous pinches of coarse salt.
  6. Bake until the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan and the top is golden, 30-35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  7. Use foil to lift the bars from the pan and let cool completely on the wire rack. Cut into small bars. Store in a covered container for several days.