Bars & Brownies

Chocolate Tahini Swirled Blondies

January 3, 2019

Browned butter and chocolate tahini take these blondies to a whole new level. With a delicate, nutty taste and those […]

Browned butter and chocolate tahini take these blondies to a whole new level. With a delicate, nutty taste and those mesmerizing swirls, these chocolate tahini swirled blondies are sure to be your new favorite.


I do love January. Something about the start of a new year gives me the warm fuzzies. New goals, fresh starts, and big ideas.  A chance to dust off the old and begin anew. A clean slate we are all ready and waiting for by the end of the holiday season. The next 365 days are full of possibilities and I, for one, love a new year and all the inspiration that comes along with it.


This month I’m getting inspired in the kitchen and baking up some golden brown goodness with a few less traditional ingredients. First up, these Gluten Free Chocolate Tahini Blondies. Who knew a gluten free blondie could look this good? I mean…just look at those swirls!! And the flavor of these blondies is perfectly nutty and rich thanks to the browned butter and chocolate halva which is made from tahini. Tahini imparts a delicate nutty taste and slight earthiness to baked goods. Believe me, once you’ve tried it, you’ll be hooked! Let’s get right to the recipe because I can’t let one more minute of 2019 pass by without these blondies in your life. Lucky for you, they are simple to whip up and because they are a one pan bar, there is no scooping or chilling required. Which means less waiting to get your sweet tooth on one of these tahini swirled squares. Winning!!


To make these blondies, first we brown the butter. One of these days I’m going to write an entire blog post on the virtues of browned butter, but for now trust me when I say this is not a step you want to skip. The browned butter takes these blondies to a whole new, life-changing level. I’m thinking that’s not something you want to miss out on, so brown the butter people. Not negotiable. Once your butter has chilled just slightly, you can mix all your other ingredients in one bowl. Easy peasy. If you want to go lighter on the chocolate, simply omit the chocolate chips in the batter. Next we’ll spread the blondie batter into a lined 9 x 13 inch pan and then spoon strips of the halva across the top. Now comes the fun part. With a butter knife, swirl the chocolate tahini into the batter, creating an even, swirly pattern. Once baked, you’ll have show-stopping squares of blondie magic. For perfectly cut squares, you’ll need to wait until the blondies are completely cooled. But sneaking a corner piece or two while you wait never hurt. {wink, wink}.


Happy New Year friends and happy baking! Let’s make 2019 the best baking year yet!! Meet me back here each week for some sweet inspiration and be sure to leave me a note in the comments below. I love to know what you’re baking up in your kitchens and I want to hear what recipes you’d like to see on the blog this year. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and check out my Pinterest page so you never miss a recipe.

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Chocolate Tahini Swirled Blondies

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  • Author: Browned Butter Blondie
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Dessert


Browned butter and chocolate tahini take these blondies to a whole new level. With a delicate, nutty taste and those mesmerizing swirls, this one pan bar is bound to be your new favorite.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, browned
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 cups plus 2 TBSP gluten free flour
  • 1 tsp xanthum gum
  • 1 heaping tsp kosher salt
  • 1/23/4 cup chocolate halva tahini (I used Soom Foods Sweet Tahini Halva Spread)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips, or chopped dark chocolate {optional}


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper
  3. To brown the butter, place two sticks of butter in a large saucepan on medium high
  4. Melt butter, stirring only occasionally
  5. Once melted, begin stirring often
  6. Butter will crackle and pop as it browns and it will start to foam slightly
  7. Once sizzling sound stops, continue stirring often until brown bits begin to collect on the bottom of the pan
  8. Remove from heat, pour into a medium bowl and allow to cool slightly – – about 10 minutes
  9. Meanwhile, whisk together gluten free flour, xanthum gum and salt
  10. Whisk together eggs and vanilla in a separate, small bowl
  11. Once butter is slightly cooled, add brown sugar and stir until well combined and sugar is dissolved (about 1 minute)
  12. Add egg/vanilla mixture to the butter/sugar mixture and stir vigorously for about 20 seconds until shiny
  13. Slowly add flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until barely combined, some bits of flour will still be visible
  14. Gently fold in chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate if desired and mix until combined
  15. Pour batter into lined pan
  16. Spoon 1/2 cup (or more if desired) of chocolate tahini in 4 long strips on top of blondie batter, lengthwise
  17. Using a butter knife, swirl the chocolate tahini into the blondie batter creating an even swirl pattern
  18. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until edges are golden brown and center of pan is set
  19. Cool on a wire rack
  20. Cool completely before cutting into squares


  • Reply
    August 21, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Oh my gosh – these are gorgeous!

    • Reply
      Heather Mubarak
      August 28, 2019 at 8:43 am

      Thank you so much Haley! They are really delicious too!!

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