Black Sesame Pinwheel Cookies

Black Sesame Pinwheel Cookies

Cookies made with black sesame that are fragrant, nutty, have a crunchy crust, and are coated in chocolate. You should try these if you’re looking for something novel and intriguing to try instead of your typical cookies. Shortbread cookies serve as the foundation for these treats, which are then filled with homemade black sesame paste. The end result is a sweet and fragrant cookie that I simply adore!

What Is Black Sesame?

Black sesame is an Asian oilseed with a nutty and slightly bitter flavor. In Asia, black sesame seeds are very popular and are frequently used in desserts. The distinction between white and black sesame seeds is not only in color but also in flavor! Black sesame seeds have a stronger flavor than white sesame seeds, which are less bitter and slightly sweeter.

How To Make Black Sesame Paste

There are numerous ways I could have made these cookies, but I chose a pinwheel recipe. Shortbread cookie dough serves as the base and is thickened with black sesame paste. Asian grocery stores typically carry black sesame paste, but in case you can’t, here’s how to make your own! Black sesame seeds, honey (or maple syrup) for the sweet version, or sesame oil for the savory version are all you need to make your own black sesame paste at home. For this recipe, we’ll stick with the sweet version, but making black sesame paste at home is straightforward: You must first toast your black sesame seeds to extract their flavor.

Can I Use Whole Black Sesame Seeds Instead Of Paste?

I tried making these cookies with whole sesame seeds, and while they weren’t bad, they didn’t turn out as well as I knew they could. If you don’t want to make sesame paste, simply grind the seeds into a powder and mix them into one part of the dough. The visual contrast between the layers will be minimal, but the flavor will be excellent! The texture of the cookies will be much softer and smoother if you use ground sesame seeds or sesame paste instead of whole sesame seeds.

Can I Use White Sesame Seed Paste?

Yes, if you also want to test that variant. Cookies made with white sesame seeds will be delicious and have a nutty flavor. The cookies won’t be as fragrant because they are milder, but if you want to try, go ahead. Please share your thoughts with me!

What Else Can Be Added?

I once tried a black sesame latte and was completely blown away by the flavor. It contained ice, cold espresso, whipping cream, condensed milk, and black sesame paste. It was such a fantastic combination that I began to wonder if I could add espresso to my black sesame cookies. I also tried that variation and did not regret it at all. Add 1-2 teaspoons of instant coffee granules to your black sesame paste if you want to go further and make something even better and more distinctive!

Black Sesame Pinwheel Cookies

1 hour of preparation

Time to cook: 8 minutes

24 cookies per serving


1 mug of butter
12 cup of brown sugar
4 caster sugar cups
2 eggs
Vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon
2.5 cups of flour
Baking powder, 1 teaspoon
Black sesame paste is made from 1/2 cup black sesame seeds and 1 tablespoon honey.
chocolate chips, half a cup


To make the paste, toast the sesame seeds until fragrant in a skillet over medium heat.
In a food processor, grind the sesame seeds until coarse.
Add honey and process until you have a completely smooth or nearly smooth paste. Place aside.
To make the cookie dough, melt the butter in the microwave and then cream it with both sugars in a mixing bowl.
Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
Mix in the flour and baking powder. Stir the dough until it comes together.
Combine half of the dough with 2-3 tbsp black sesame paste. Refrigerate for 30 minutes after shaping each color of dough into a disc.
Roll out the dough discs to form a 13×9-inch rectangle. Place the plain dough on top of the black sesame-flavored dough and roll it up into a log, beginning with the wider side. 1 hour in the refrigerator.
Heat the oven to 375°F. 2 baking sheets, lined with parchment paper Place the log on a cookie sheet and cut it into 14-inch thick cookies.
For 7-8 minutes, bake the cookies.
Allow the cookies to cool completely.
Dip the cookies in the chocolate, which has been melted in a microwave-safe dish. Dip half of each cookie in melted chocolate and set aside on a wire rack to drip. Set aside until the chocolate has set, then sprinkle with black sesame seeds.
Serve the cookies immediately or store them in an airtight container.

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