Grace Elkus
Hands-On Time
10 Mins
Total Time
55 Mins
9 (serving size: 1 square)

How delicious do peanut butter blondies sound? Here’s the thing: tahini is made entirely from ground-up sesame seeds, so the paste is similar to natural peanut butter. Tahini adds richness and moisture to baked goods like these blondies and a pleasant, slightly bitter nuttiness. If you didn’t know the secret ingredient, you’d just observe that these squares taste like blondies all grown up. That is: they’re sweet but not too sweet, and have a subtle earthy edge. The recipe takes well to mix-ins, so stir in chopped walnuts or white chocolate chips to your heart’s delight. Just don’t skip the flaky sea salt on top.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325°F. Stir together brown sugar, tahini, butter, and eggs in a large bowl until smooth. Stir in flour, kosher salt, and baking soda. Spread mixture in a parchment paper-lined 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle batter with sea salt. Bake in preheated oven until browned and cooked through, about 25 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Cut into 9 squares.

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