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Tahini and Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls

Make these delicious sweet Tahini and Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls and impress your family and friends with a different take on the classic cinnamon roll.

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Tahini and pistachio rolls.

These sweet Tahini and Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls make a special breakfast, brunch or dessert treat that will quickly become a favorite!

The rolls are tender, fluffy and flavourful with cinnamon and cardamom. They are perfectly sweetened and though the glaze isn't necessary to enjoy this treat, it does make them sweeter. So if you like baked goods on the sweeter side you'll want to drizzle a bit of glaze over these heavenly rolls.

Freshly baked rolls in baking dish and one on small dish.

These sweet Tahini and Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls came about when I had the urge to combine tahini, brown sugar, spices and pistachios into a baked treat. Delicious rolls seemed like the perfect choice.

Tahini, cardamom and pistachios make these rolls stand out from regular cinnamon rolls and are definitely worth the little active time that it takes to make them.

Three pistachio and tahini rolls.

How to Store

There's nothing like the scent of fresh cinnamon rolls baking in the oven. If you happen to have leftovers, you can wrap them up individually in foil, and store them in a freezer bag in the freezer for up to three months.

This way whenever you feel like having a roll you can take one out and enjoy it with minimal effort. You can thaw the rolls overnight in the refrigerator or thaw them a bit on the counter and then warm the rolls still wrapped in foil in a low oven. You can also unwrap it and heat in the microwave.

Tahini and pistachio rolls.

Why go out to the bakery for your rolls when you can bake your own gorgeous, delicious and fluffy Tahini and Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls at home.


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Tahini and Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits, Dough portion adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
These Tahini and Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls make a special breakfast, brunch or dessert treat that will quickly become a favourite!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Dessert/ snack
Cuisine American, European, Middle-Eastern
Servings 12 rolls
Calories 271 kcal


For the Dough:

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 345g.
  • 3 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon package instant yeast 1 package contains 2 1/4 .
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup milk I used 2 %
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg

For the Filling:

  • 4 tablespoon tahini
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoon finely chopped pistachios
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon cardamom


  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed orange or lemon juice
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped pistachios for sprinkling on top optional


To Make the Dough

  • After measuring the flour (for the dough) remove 1/2 cup and reserve for use if necessary, you may only need a portion of the 1/2 cup of flour.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, stir together flour, sugar, salt, yeast and cardamom.
  • Combine the water, milk and butter in a glass measuring cup. Heat in the microwave on high for about 30 seconds until butter melts and mixture is warm (approx. 115°F or 46°C).
  • Add the liquid to the flour, and combine with the flour mixture.
  • Add the egg and knead on the dough hook for 3 minutes. Add more flour (from the 1/2 cup you reserved earlier) as necessary to create a smooth, and slightly sticky dough.
  • You could also remove the dough from the bowl and on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough by hand for about 3 minutes.
  • Place the dough into a lightly greased bowl and let it rest for 10 minutes.

To prepare the filling:

  • Finely chop the pistachios.
  • In a small bowl mix the brown sugar, cinnamon and cardamom.
  • To roll the dough, start by lightly flouring your surface and the rolling pin, roll dough to a 1/4 inch thickness. Adding a little more flour if the dough is too sticky.
  • Roll the dough into a 14-inches long and 8-inches tall rectangle.
  • Spread tahini onto dough (leaving a 1/2 inch border on all sides), sprinkle with brown sugar and spices, and top with the finely chopped pistachios.
  • Start rolling the dough from the long end into a tight log. Lightly pinch the seam.
  • Place the log with the seam side down, and using a sharp knife cut dough crosswise into approximately 12 even slices.
  • Arrange the pieces cut side up into a greased pie dish and cover loosely with greased aluminum foil.
  • Let dough rise in a warm draft free spot approximately 60 to 90 min. You could turn your oven on and heat to 200°F, once heated turn the oven off and place rolls in oven. Doing it this way took the rolls about 45 min to double in size.
  • Once the rolls have doubled in size, remove them from the oven (if that's where you had let them rise).
  • Position a rack in the center and preheat your oven to 375°F.
  • Bake rolls until tops are golden, about 20 to 25 minutes, you may want to cover your rolls (with aluminum foil) half way through baking to avoid over browning.
  • Remove rolls from the oven and let cool 10 - 15 minutes.

To make the glaze:

  • Combine the icing sugar, milk, vanilla extract, freshly squeezed orange or lemon juice and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Whisk until there are no lumps.
  • Drizzle the still warm rolls with glaze and sprinkle with additional chopped pistachios if desired.
  • These rolls should be served and enjoyed while still warm.


Calories: 271kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 6gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 172mgPotassium: 125mgFiber: 2gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 115IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 2mg
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Sunday 11th of October 2020

How much brown sugar for the filling? Missing in list of ingredients. But in the instructions. Please advise how much to use for filling.

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Sunday 11th of October 2020

Hello, so sorry about that. I have made the correction and added 1/3 of a cup of brown sugar to the filling ingredients.


Thursday 5th of May 2016

These look delicious, can't wait to try this recipe

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Friday 6th of May 2016

Thank you, it's one of my favourites. I hope you like it!


Thursday 28th of April 2016

I never in a million years would have thought to use tahini in cinnamon rolls - this is brilliant! I'm so glad you dove in worked with yeast because the result is incredible!

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Saturday 30th of April 2016

Thanks so much Kathleen, the tahini worked out beautifully in these rolls and they were really delicious!


Tuesday 26th of April 2016

Absolutely love the middle eastern flavors going on in these cinnamon rolls! They look amazing!

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Wednesday 27th of April 2016

Thanks so much Sabrina!

Louise Crosby

Sunday 24th of April 2016

These look so good. I love tahini, and cardamom, in sweets. Will give them a try.

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Wednesday 27th of April 2016

Thanks Louise, they're so good I'm sure you'll enjoy them!

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