Sesame-Crispy Rice Cookies

If you like tahini and sesame seeds, this crunchy cookie is sure to please. It’s one of those neat, not-too-sweet treats that’s perfect for an evening snack or for the lunchbox. The recipe doubles easily for those occasions, such as holidays, when you need more or would like to share.

Makes: About 16 to 18; recipe doubles easily

  • 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup crispy brown rice cereal
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 heaping tablespoons sesame tahini
  • 1/4 maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, raisins, or currants
  • Whole toasted almonds or tamari almonds, optional

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the first 6 (dry) ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir together.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the applesauce, tahini, and syrup. Stir together until the wet and dry ingredients are completely mixed. If need be, stir in another tablespoon or so of applesauce to moisten the mixture. The dough should be rather stiff, but hold together easily. Sir in the dried fruit of choice.

Drop by slightly rounded tablespoons onto a parchment-lined or lightly oiled baking sheet, Flatten slightly  to form cookies that are about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. If you’d like, press an almond into the center of each.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the bottoms are lightly browned. Let stand for a minute or two, then carefully remove with a spatula to plates to cool.

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