Tahini Shortbread Cookies

You might as well call these halva cookies, because once you add something sweet to tahini (like honey, sugar, maple, or silan), it tastes just like halva. And like halva, these crumbly, soft, nutty cookies are utterly delicious and work wonderfully with a variety of spices, especially cinnamon and cardamom, or sweet hawaij, the redolent Yemenite spice blend, which was the fragrance of my childhood. Be sure to use good-quality raw tahini without any trace of bitterness. 

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