Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Halva Spread

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If you like tahini, I’m pretty sure you’re gonna love halva too. Halva is a Mediterranean candy made of sesame and sugar – it’s sweet, fragrant and delicious. I like to combine it with chocolate and get a unique flavors combination.

These chocolate sandwich cookies are crispy, buttery and filed with halva spread. You can get the halva spread in middle-eastern food stores or online (here), but if you can’t find it you can definitely fill the cookies with any other spread you like.

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Halva Spread

Photo: Natalie Levin

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Halva Spread

For the chocolate sandwich cookies:

  • 100 grams (1/2 cup) cold butter cut into cubes
  • 50 grams (5 tbsp.) sugar powder
  • 120 grams (3/4 cup + 2 tbsp.) all-purpose flour
  • 20 grams (2 tbsp.) cornstarch
  • 10 grams (1 tbsp.) cocoa powder
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp. brandy or chocolate liqueur (optional)

For the filling:

  • Halva spread
  1. In a food processor with a steel blade put butter, powdered sugar, flour, cornstarch and cocoa and blend into crumbly mixture.
  2. Add egg yolk and liqueur and continue to blend just until large chunks of dough form.
  3. Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured work surface, create a disc shape and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 170c degrees.
  5. On a floured work surface roll out the dough about 3 mm thick and cut out cookies in the desired size.
  6. Place the cookies on a baking paper-lined oven pan.
  7. Create a small hole in the center of half the cookies using a small round piping tip.
  8. Bake for about 9-12 minutes until golden and set.
  9. Cool completely.
  10. Fill the cookies with Halva spread and create a sandwich.
  • You can fill the cookies with any other spread you like.
  • Keep the cookies in a sealed jar for up to a week at room temperature.
  • You can skip the alcohol in the dough, and If necessary add 1-2 tablespoons cold milk or water instead.
  • Halva spread is available here.