The Verdict

They were better than the brownies

Maybe if the magic word was "close sesame" there would be less of them

Halvah really doesn't taste good. I had never heard of it before making this recipe, and I tried a piece and it tastes like bitter chalk.

Blondies turned out good with halvah baked in though.

yo dawg, i heard you liked aluminum so i made a whole other aluminum pan inside your aluminum pan

Real talk though, don't skip this step because it makes the brownies so much easier to take out and cut without breaking or smooshing them.

If you're thinking "jeez, this is a lot of sesame seeds", trust your instincts. I think the recipe called for a bit TOO many sesame seeds and the result is just a lot of sesame flavour, which comes off as a bit bitter and overwhelming.