Sesame Chocolate Chip Pan-Banging Cookies

pan-banging cookies with sesame and chocolate

In my first cookbook, my pan-banging chocolate chip cookie recipe had a variation that included toasted sesame oil. The scent of toasted sesame oil gives me the same delicious feeling as the smell of brownies right from the oven, so pairing it with chocolate in cookie form seemed like the next logical step. The nutty oil is sweetened by the sugar in the cookie, and tastes amazing with shards of chocolate. I roll the dough in sesame seeds for a bit of crunch, and even more flavor. 

For even more toasty nuttiness and textural contrast, I added white and black sesame seeds to the outside of the dough.

These cookies ended up in the pan-banging chapter of 100 Cookies, and have had rave reviews.

What are pan-banging cookies?

Bakers tapping their cookie pans in the oven isn’t new, of course, but my pan-banging technique is unique in that the pan is tapped in the oven every few minutes, creating ripples on the edge of the cookie. This creates two textures in the cookie: a crisp outer edge, and a soft, gooey center. I use this technique for sugar cookies and ginger molasses cookies, too.

What flour is best for making pan-banging cookies?

To reproduce the ripples and wrinkles that are identical to my cookies, I find that Gold Medal Unbleached All-Purpose Flour works best and is the most consistent. It seems that high-protein flour won’t allow for as much spreading and wrinkling.

Why I use aluminum foil to line the pan

I find that aluminum foil helps the cookies spread a bit more and creates a slightly crisper bottom. But parchment paper will work well, too.

Can I refrigerate the pan-banging cookie dough? 

Cookie dough can be refrigerated overnight before using. Shape the dough into balls and cover with plastic wrap before chilling, and then bring it to room temperature before baking (when the cookies are chilled solid, they won’t ripple as well). Cookies that spend a night in the fridge will also have a more developed flavor, but also have a bumpier finish.

sesame chocolate pan-banging cookies on parchment paper

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pan-banging cookies with sesame and chocolate

Sesame Chocolate Chip Pan-Banging Cookies

Servings: 10 large cookies
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Toasted sesame oil gives these pan-banging cookies a unique and nutty flavor profile, paired with bits of bittersweet chocolate. The crisp edges are rippled and wrinkly, while the center is soft and chewy.
Sarah Kieffer
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  • 1 3/4 cups (250) grams all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks or 170 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 ounces 85 grams bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped into bite-size pieces (averaging 1/2-inch with some smaller and some larger, optional)
  • Black and white sesame seeds for rolling


  • Adjust an oven rack to the middle of the oven. Heat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line three sheet pans with aluminum foil, dull-side up.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the granulated and brown sugars and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the egg, toasted sesame oil, water, and vanilla, and mix on low speed to combine. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until combined. Add the chocolate and mix until combined.
  • Form the dough into 3-ounce (85-gram) balls (1/4 cup). Roll in the sesame seeds, and place 4 cookies an equal distance apart on each sheet pan. Bake the cookies one pan at a time. Bake until the dough balls have spread flat but are puffed slightly in the center, 9 minutes. Lift one side of the sheet pan up about 4 inches (10 centimeters) and gently let it drop down against the oven rack, so the edges of the cookies set and the center falls back down. After the cookies puff up again in 2 minutes, repeat lifting and dropping the pan. Repeat a few more times to create ridges around the edge of the cookie. Bake for 15 to 16 minutes total, until the cookies have spread out and the edges are golden brown but the centers are much lighter and not fully cooked.
  • Transfer the pan to a wire rack. Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes, then move them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days (or refrigerate for up to 3 days).
  • Reply
    Friday, July 14, 2023 at 2:21 pm

    5 stars
    I can’t get over these! What a great spin on this cookie. It’s like a chocolate chip cookie and halva or sesamiyeh had a baby in heaven. The sesame flavor is STRONG, like smack you over the head strong – LOVE! My Arab family demolished these and did not even leave crumbs in the container, it really looked like a tractor beam took the cookies away. Some of my friends were a bit lukewarm due to the unfamiliar flavor. If you want to slowly introduce sesame to newbies, to cut down on the intensity, I have had good results with half the amount of sesame oil and skipping the seeds. I of course prefer to swim in a sea of sesame 🙂 Great work Sarah!

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    Sunday, April 23, 2023 at 4:54 pm

    5 stars
    Can I freeze dough if I want to make only a few cookies at a time? If so, so I roll the dough balls in sesame before freezing? Should I let the frozen balls come to room temp before baking or just simply bake from frozen but for longer time? Thanks!

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    Elaine St Louis
    Monday, April 17, 2023 at 6:54 pm

    5 stars
    I bake a LOT. All things sweet. (using Swerve as a substitute) Pies, cakes, cookies, galettes, clafoutis, tarts, choux, ALL the things. My hubs has decided after one go-’round that these are his all-time fave. Making my second batch today. I use Guittard extra dark chips, as I like the size and flatness of them. Plus, no pesky chopping. THANK YOU for developing this recipe. ??

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    Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 9:45 pm

    4 stars
    Hi Sarah! I received your 100 Cookies book as a surprise gift, and am working my way through it with delight.

    This was the first of your pan-banging recipes I tried (the very first was the chocolate sugar cookies, and with the cardamom sugar variation you listed, they are so many things I wanted, all at once). I live in a very humid part of the country, though, and had to do some troubleshooting with this recipe — at first, even with butter that was “room temperature for baking” (translation: still cooler than actual room temperature here much of the year) they spread so much that they had multiple holes and were too thin to properly have center softness. Refrigerating the dough didn’t help, but what did (I’m stubborn, and wanted this recipe to work for me) was adding about 1/4 cup of flour.

    I thought it might be worth mentioning all this here in case other people, like me, live somewhere humid and need a little help. I just finished eating my first modified cookie; the crispy toasted-sesame edges are scrumptious, and the cookies have soft, chocolate-rich centers.

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    Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    5 stars
    These are my very favorite cookies in the book (possibly my favorite cookies ever, right next to The Cinnamon Roll Blondies). The black sesame seeds really dress them up. I do eliminate the chopped chocolate and make my cookies a bit smaller. Dough balls weighing 45 grams works for me. As said above the ripples are not quite the same. but either way the taste, look and texture of these cookies is unlike any other cookie you will ever make. Thanks so much Sarah for this and so many more of your amazing recipes!

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    Friday, May 6, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    5 stars
    Haven’t made cookies like these before! Love them. The texture and taste are both phenomenal.

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    Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 10:52 am

    5 stars
    great idea for a chocolate chip cookie, love the sesame oil if just to cut the sweetness of the rest of the ingredients, like the texture too, thank you!

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    Monday, March 28, 2022 at 3:32 pm

    Would these work with gluten-free flour?

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    Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    Can I make the cookies smaller for a greater yield? Other than a lesser baking time would other adjustments need to be made?
    This combination of flavors and texture looks so appealing.

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      Sarah Kieffer
      Monday, March 28, 2022 at 8:42 am

      To get the same wrinkled, ripply texture, you’ll want to make them the size written in the recipe.

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