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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sugarless Tehina Cookies

Active cooking time: 20 minutes
Baking time: 10-13 minutes
Yield: 24-30 cookies

It was easy to keep Cai sugar-free as a baby, but as he gets older, he’s noticing that we live in a world where cookies and cakes abound. I try not to be a fascist about it, especially because I’m far from monastic when it comes to sweets. As a compromise, I’ve started to bake sugar-free treats for us both. Here’s one of the recipes I developed with tehina, or sesame paste, which is easy, fun and when fresh out of the oven, divine.

50 grams butter [about 1.75 ounce or 3.5 tablespoons], softened.
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup tehina [sesame paste]
1/4 cup water
Nutmeg or cinnamon or all spice.

Combine butter, oil, honey and vanilla. Add dry ingredients with a dash of salt, mix, and then tehina and water. Mix and then drop tablespoons of dough on greased baking sheet. Sprinkle cookies with nutmeg, cinnamon or all spice. Bake at 350 for 10-13 minutes until slightly browned. [See photo on this page.]


sophie said...

Hello, your recipe sounds wonderful, I've been searching ALL my cookbooks just trying to find one that uses little sugar. What kind of apple sauce do you use? Are you in Israel? I've never bought it. Could I use a finely grated apple instead, do you think? Eagerly awaiting your reply. I had JUST taken out two frozen bananas to make a recipe requiring "only" 100g sugar ... but now I want to make YOUR cake!

Miriam said...

For babies under 12 mths of age, ommit honey! High risk of salmonella!