Benne Seed Wafers

Buy sesame seeds at the health food store, where they're more reasonably priced.


Makes 10 dozen

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook: 5 Minutes
Chill: 1 Hours
Bake: 10 Minutes


1/2 cup sesame (benne) seeds
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt


Cook sesame seeds in a heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 5 minutes or until toasted.

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Stir in sesame seeds, egg, and vanilla.

Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; stir into butter mixture. Cover dough, and chill at least 1 hour.

Shape dough into 1/2-inch balls; place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Flatten to a 1/16-inch thickness with floured fingers or a flat-bottomed glass.

Bake at 325° for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

Tip: Pressing dough into a teaspoon measuring spoon creates about a 1/2-inch ball.