Tahini Swirl Cocoa Brownies

Tahini Swirl Cocoa Brownies Recipe // Dula Notes

Before we talk brownies, I had a cronut, you guys! I thought it might be too rich, but it was surprisingly light with beautiful, fluffy layers. It was coated in sugar just incredible. In my pursuit of the cronut, I totally slipped on the icy sidewalk in front of the bakery. Embarrassing! I’m completely fine, though. I have a tiny bruise on my bum where I fell, but that’s all. Then I had a delicious cronut in my hands, so it was worth it.

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So, brownies! These might sound odd, but I think you’re going to like them. First of all, you get to do some pretty swirling. It reminds me of being a kid and helping my mom with her yellow bundt cake with chocoalte syrup swirls. In addition to making the tops of these brownies beautiful, the tahini adds a hint of nutty sesame flavor without screaming TAHINI!

If you’re anything like me, you could use a few extra recipes to use up the large jar of tahini in your fridge. I added sugar, vanilla and an egg to the tahini and swirled dollops of the mixture into decadent cocoa brownies. They come together quickly and it’s one of those fun recipes where you can ask your friends and family to guess the secret ingredient.

Tahini Swirl Cocoa Brownies Recipe // Dula Notes

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  1. What an interesting idea. I never would have thought of using tahini in brownies, but it sounds awesome and certainly looks pretty!

    • I’m really pleased with how they turned out! The tahini reminds me a bit of a nut butter in these.

  2. I *heart* this idea. I love tahini but can never seem to use up the whole jar!

    Nice save on the fall, too–I’m glad the cronut survived. Priorities, etc.

    • That jar of tahini can just sit if you don’t make hummus every 5 minutes. Cronut and noggin were thankfully unharmed during my quest.

  3. I was looking at the tahini in my fridge yesterday and was wondering what else I could use it for beside my fav peanut butter hummus. Leave it to my fav foodie to provide the answer!!

  4. Well isn’t this appropriate, since tahini and “something for dessert” are on my list for the day! Can’t wait to try this intriguing combination. Thanks, Nicole!

  5. these sound amazing! and they are so pretty. I think sesame should totally be incorporated into more savory applications.

    I’m so glad you got a cronut-reward after your sidewalk spill. You totes deserved it, girl!

    • Thanks, Cindy! I def want to experiment more with sweet tahini recipes. Ha! I really do feel like I deserved every bite of that cronut 🙂

  6. Oh Nicole– I’m glad you didn’t seriously hurt yourself in pursuit of a cronut! 🙂 As for the brownies, yesterday I tasted tahini fudge at a cookery demo in dublin and it was freaking AMAZING so I am sure these brownies are fabulous too. Why are we not all baking with tahini? So good!

    • Thanks, Jess! I’m glad it was a harmless spill, too 🙂 Tahini fudge sounds incredible! I can see where the nutty bitterness of tahini would be a perfect pair with super sweet fudge!

    • Hi Judy, A cronut is a croissant donut, which is why it has all of the pretty layers in the center 🙂

  7. Tahini swirled brownies what? You’re crazy and I like it. I only ever use tahini in hummus and the occasional savory sauce. Clearly my prowess lies in places other than the kitchen… and that’s why I read your blog. These look so good!

  8. Alice Medrich’s is the brownie recipe I use and love! I’ve been on a tahini kick lately and I was JUST thinking about doing a swirled brownie and I googled it and found myself here.

    Plus, I am also a Michigander! Woohoo!

    • Hi Megan! I’m glad you found your way here! Alice’s brownies are so good and so easy and the swirl of tahini is a fun twist, I think. Yay Michigan!

  9. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I made it last night to serve on our homemade breakfast here at B&B in Pelion (Greece) for our hotel guests and they loved it! I added more tahini, and some spices to give a taste hint and it worked very well. Thank you!

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