Sesame-and-Jam Sandwich Cookies

Sandwiches for lunch, sandwiches for snacks-these cuties look like mini burgers, so they have extra kid appeal. The cookies come out of the oven crisp-tender; the jam filling softens them up overnight, making them more like jam-filled cakes the next day.

Yields about about 20 sandwich cookies.



1 ¼
cups whole-wheat pastry flour (see Cook's Note)
tsp baking powder
tsp baking soda
tsp kosher salt
stick (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature
cup packed light brown sugar
large egg
tsp pure vanilla extract
cup tahini
cup white sesame seeds
cup your favourite jam or preserves


Step 1

Position oven racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven, and preheat to 350ºF. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.

Step 3

Beat the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium, beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined, then beat in the tahini until smooth. Reduce the speed to low, then beat in the flour mixture until the dough comes together (it will be quite soft). Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes (the dough will be soft but rollable).

Step 4

Put the sesame seeds in a small bowl. Roll teaspoonfuls of dough into 1-inch balls, roll them in the sesame seeds and space them about 1 1/2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.

Step 5

Bake the cookies until just puffed, lightly golden brown and just firm, about 12 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. Let the cookies cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then transfer them to the rack to cool completely.

Step 6

To assemble: Spread 1/2 teaspoon jam on a cookie, then top with another cookie, pressing gently. Keep in an airtight container for 2 days; they will soften overnight.

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