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Benne Wafers Recipe

Benne Wafers

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"Since I live in the South people refer to these cookies as Benne Wafers, they are actually Sesame Seed Cookies. Toasting benne (sesame) seeds develops their flavor and also gives these cookies a slightly crunchy texture."

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Original recipe makes 6 dozen Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Place the benne (sesame) seeds on an ungreased baking sheet and toast for 10 to 12 minutes, until light brown. Watch closes so that they don 't burn.
  3. In a large bowl mix the brown sugar, melted butter or margarine, egg, vanilla extract, flour, salt, baking powder and toasted sesame seeds together until combined.
  4. Drop dough by 1/2 teaspoonfuls 1 1/2 inches apart onto a lightly greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 4 to 6 minutes, until light brown. Let cookies cool for about 2 minutes before removing from baking sheets to a wire rack to cool completely. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 24, 2005

This is the best benne wafer recipe I've tried. Crisp and delicious. I bake mine on aluminum foil lined cookie sheets, but it is important to make sure that you put the shiny side down so that you are placing the cookie dough on the dull side. The shiny side will reflect tooo much heat and burn the cookies. Once they're baked and cooled, you can just peel them off the foil. Thanks, Holly.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 23, 2009

I think I expected these to taste like the ones I have had in Lebanon....they soooo didn't. I will keep looking for a good sesame cookie!

Sep 24, 2002

If you love sesame MAKE THIS RECIPE! Wonderful grown-up-tasting cookie. My only suggestion, use parchment paper on your cookie sheets. I used waxed paper and still had to freeze them for fifteen minutes to get them off the pans. Keep them small or they'll break apart. Also, the sesame oil smokes when it's cooking. My kitchen filled with smoke, but the cookies were fine. They look good at four minutes, but go the six as I found they are easier to remove from the paper. Worth the effort!

Sep 23, 2006

I just now made these cookies....absolutely delicious! Thin, yet with Outstanding flavor, buttery, and just enough crispness and crunch! Thanks for the tip of the parchament paper, guys, it worked like a breeze! No sticking to the pan whatsoever. For flavor- I do not like bland cookies so just to be safe I added the teaspoon of vanilla plus half a teaspoon of almond extract. Went beautifully with the nutty sesame flavor....mmmmmm....mouthwatering.......can't stop eating them :) Thank you so much, Holly! You're recipe is DEFINATELY worth saving. If you like sesame flavor or want to try it in a new way- this recipe is for you! caution: be sure your drops are no bigger than 1 teaspoon, or if you do put them at least 2 and 1/2 inches apart. They like to spread out and get cuddly....:) Take em out when dark around the edges but not burnt...they will be soft and breakable but hardens quick enough...messed up a few cookies when I removed the parchament from pan right out of the 'steady' and you'll be fine! Sorry I went on so long, hope ya try these and have success!

Jan 02, 2005

These ARE excellent. Try to stick to the 1/2 tsp measurement, it helps. Parchment paper works very well, but you can also use Reynolds "Release" foil with the same results. After the first batch, cool down the pan and wipe the foil with a paper towel, then use again.

Dec 21, 2010

made with toasted white and black sesame seeds, came out yummy and pretty

Dec 09, 2009

I messed with this recipe a bit. I used 1/2 c. sesame seeds (toasted in a skillet), 2 eggs, and 1 1/2 cups flour. No salt. They turned out so great! Very butterscotchy, and not as lacy as this recipe seems to yield. Must be the extra egg and flour that does it. Baked at 350 for 8 minutes. They were crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and totally divine.

Jan 16, 2008

very yummy. Even my kids liked this one. They were rich, but not too sweet. I will definitely make these again.


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  • Calories
  • 107 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.6 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 15 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 6 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.3 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 52 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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