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.

Holly

Recipe Summary

Servings:
36
Yield:
6 dozen
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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Drop dough by 1/2 teaspoonfuls 1 1/2 inches apart onto a lightly greased baking sheet.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

107 calories; protein 1.3g 3% DV; carbohydrates 12.6g 4% DV; fat 6g 9% DV; cholesterol 15.3mg 5% DV; sodium 51.8mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2005
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/23/2009
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! Read More
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54 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 40
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2005
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2006
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 oven.....be 'steady' and you'll be fine! Sorry I went on so long hope ya try these and have success! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2002
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2005
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2009
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2010
made with toasted white and black sesame seeds came out yummy and pretty Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2005
My dad had mentioned something about wanting Benne Wafers not too long ago so while he was in TN I found this recipe and made them then sent him some. Dad was suprised how great they were - better than the ones you would get in Charleston SC! He shared them with my aunt and uncle and now my aunt wants the recipe! I would probably stick with the 6 minutes for baking if you are at a higher elevation. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2007
These are great flat little cookies. They do spread out quite a bit. Use a Silpat or one of those flexible silicon baking sheet liners to avoid stickiness instead of grease and parchment paper. They do take a while to bake due to the small amount of dough required per cookie and the short amount of time needed to bake each sheet. 5 minutes per baking sheet was more than enough for me and I was continuously spooning out dough while one sheet was baking. Even still I was never fast enough to finish before the sheet that was in the oven was done baking. But they are yummy and the dough is easy to prepare! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2004
These were excellent! They weren't any trouble to make didn't even have to break out the mixer. The parchment paper was a great tip by a reviewer. I used level teaspoons of the batter and baked for 5 minutes. This gave me 85 cookies. Holly thanks for a delicious recipe. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/23/2009
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! Read More
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