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Benne Seed Wafers

Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 5 mins
Chill time 1 hr
Bake time 10 mins
Yield Makes 10 dozen
Buy sesame seeds at the health food store, where they're more reasonably priced.


  • 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

How to Make It

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

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

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

  4. 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.

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

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