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    The Best Benne Wafers

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    17 mins

    12 mins

    5 mins

    hannahactually's Note:

    "Benne" means sesame seeds, and these are deliciously crispy little cookies. I made these recently for a friend-of-the-family who celebrates Kwanzaa, and he loved them. They originate in Africa, but have become a tradition in the deep south of the United States. They are also the only Kwanzaa cookie type I could find; as an added bonus (although the ingredients sound REALLY weird), they're delicious!

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    Serves: 36



    Units: US | Metric


    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
    2. 2
      If your sesame seeds are not toasted, place them on an ungreased baking sheet and toast for 10-12 minutes or until they turn light brown.
    3. 3
      They may burn easily, so watch closely to prevent this from happening.
    4. 4
      Mix the brown sugar, melted butter, egg, vanilla extract, flour, salt, baking powder, and toasted sesame seeds together until well combined in a large mixing bowl.
    5. 5
      Drop cookie dough by half-teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Make sure that at least 2 inches separate them; they spread A LOT.
    6. 6
      Bake at 375 degrees F for about 5-6 minutes or until edges become light brown. They will appear a little puffy when you take them out.
    7. 7
      Let them sit for 2-3 minutes.
    8. 8
      They should be pretty flat.
    9. 9
      Remove them to a wire rack and allow to cool (be careful--they're pretty crispy and crunchy!).
    10. 10
      Store cooled cookies in an air-tight container.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 19, 2012


      The cookies are very delicious and not too sweet. Crunchy in the bottom and soft inside. It is also very easy to make. I will certainly make them again. Thanks for sharing this recipe :)

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    • on June 25, 2010

      Excellent recipe!!! I was afraid I couldn't find one that would make the wafers just like I remembered them- I followed it exactly and they are wonderful!!!

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    • on February 01, 2008



    Nutritional Facts for The Best Benne Wafers

    Serving Size: 1 (22 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 36

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 106.6
    Calories from Fat 53
    Total Fat 5.9 g
    Saturated Fat 2.7 g
    Cholesterol 15.3 mg
    Sodium 57.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 12.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
    Sugars 8.9 g
    Protein 1.2 g

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