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Benne Wafers

Simply the best Lowcountry Benne Wafers you'll find! Better than what you find in the shops in Charleston!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 75 cookies
Author: Basil and Bubbly


  • ½ cup sesame seeds benne seeds
  • ¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • cup all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ cup butter cut into cubes
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spread the sesame seeds on a cookie sheet ( no lining or greasing necessary ). Toast the sesame seeds in the preheated oven for approximately 8 minutes, or until they become fragrant and just start to brown.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter, then mix in the egg, salt, baking soda, and vanilla extract.
  • Add the flour, and mix until the mixture is smooth.
  • Stir in the toasted sesame seeds.
  • Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Drop the dough onto the cookie sheets in 1 teaspoon dollops, leaving approximately 1 ½ inches between each drop to allow the cookies to spread.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown. Allow to rest on the pan for 2 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.


Benne wafers can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.