4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Sesame Cookies (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Prep: 5 minutesCook: 12 minutesTotal: 17 minutes
Yield: 6Categories: Baking, Desserts, Snacks
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These simple but delicious sesame cookies are so easy to make and only require a handful of ingredients. I am a huge fan of peanut butter, especially when paired with chocolate, so really do love these! The combination of sweet and salty works so well here and the sesame seeds add some extra depth creating a really lovely snack.

Although these do not take long to make, they do require some patience as the peanut butter, maple syrup and salt mixture needs to be really firm before you roll it into balls otherwise the cookies will not work. For that reason, you will need to choose a peanut butter with a firm texture as your base ingredient rather than a runny one. This will ensure the consistency of the sesame cookies is better.

I think that the dark chocolate drizzle works perfectly here and really does take these cookies to the next level, however, if you are not really a fan then you can skip this step. If preferred, you could add a sprinkling of sesame seeds to the cookies before you bake them to really enhance their rich flavour.

Despite these being sesame cookies, there is not actually any sesame in the dough. This means that anyone who dislikes or is allergic to sesame could still enjoy these cookies by simply omitting the sesame seed topping. Similarly if you are looking to reduce your salt intake you just simply omit this ingredient, however, they really do enhance the flavours in these sesame cookies.

If you are looking for more sweet treats with sesame you may like my Sneaky Tahini Brownies, No Bake Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Cups and my Tahini Cookie Dough Bites. For more sweet but salty recipes why not try my no bake Peanut Butter Cookies, my Chocolate Pretzel Freezer Bars my Chocolate Chickpea Crunch or my Salted Peanut Chocolate Fudge.

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  • 200g 3/4 cup + 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 handful dairy free dark chocolate
  • 1/2 handful sesame seeds
  • pinch sea salt


  1. Add the peanut butter, maple syrup and sea salt to a blender and blitz for two minutes until the mixture becomes really firm
  2. Scrape the mixture out and divide into six even chunks
  3. Roll each chunk of the mixture into a ball and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper a few inches apart
  4. Press down lightly on each ball to flatten into a disc
  5. Place in a preheated oven and bake for 12 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius
  6. Allow the cookies to completely cool before removing them from the baking tray as they will be very fragile.
  7. Melt the chocolate using a Bain - Marie and drizzle evenly over each of the cookies before topping with the sesame seeds


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