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Benne Wafers - Sesame Seed Cookies


Benne wafers recipe, also known as sesame seed cookies, from Shan.


  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 3/4 cup butter, 6 ounces, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, 5 ounces
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder


Toast  the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium-low heat, shaking the skillet and turning frequently, until lightly browned and aromatic.

Heat the oven to 375° F

In a large mixing bowl mix the brown sugar, melted butter, egg, vanilla extract, flour, salt, baking powder and toasted sesame seeds together until blended.

Drop dough by half-teaspoonfuls onto a lightly greased baking sheet, leaving about 1 1/2 inches between cookies.

Bake the cookies for 4 to 6 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let them cool for about 2 minutes on baking sheets; remove from baking sheets to a wire rack to cool completely.

Store cooled sesame seed cookies in an airtight container.

Makes about 6 dozen.

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