Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Benne Wafers aka Sesame Seed Cookies Recipe

Apr 22, 2013

Benne Wafers aka Sesame Seed Cookies Recipe

My daughter is a Daisy in Girl Scouts and recently we went to a Girl Scout's event called "Thinking Day". Each troop represents a country at Thinking Day, and has fun activities, games and foods to try from that country. We visited the Tanzania booth and they had these awesome little bites of goodness, Benne Wafers. I completely fell in love with these cookies. The toasted sesame seeds add an amazing flavor. They are perfect. This recipe makes a HUGE batch, about 70-ish, but they are small cookies. Once you start eating these, you won't be able to stop. Consider yourself warned ;) Enjoy!!

Benne Wafers aka Sesame Seed Cookies (print recipe)

What you need:

3/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

In a bowl mix all ingredients until well combined. 

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Drop the dough, a 1/2 teaspoon at a time onto parchment paper, allowing 1 1/2 inches between each cookie. 

Bake for 4-6 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. Remove parchment paper with the cookies from the cookie sheet and set aside to cool. 

Store the cooled cookies in an airtight container. 

Makes about 75 small cookies

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  1. I bet these are great! I just love the flavor of sesame seeds. I am sure these would be a big hit in my house!

    Thank you for linking up to the In and Out of the Kitchen link party. I look forward to seeing what you bring next week.

    Cynthia at

    Ps - I am sharing this on Google+

    1. Thanks so much for sharing, Cynthia! The sesame seeds add an awesome flavor!

  2. Looks delicious! Can't wait to try them :-) Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party !

    With A Blast

  3. Oh WOW...I LOVE toasted sesame seeds and know I would gobble a buncha these up pretty quickly. They look grrrreat! Thanks for sharing at Weekend Potluck. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  4. I'm a big fan of cookies and luv sesame seeds, these sound delicious. Thanks for sharing this with Foodie Friends Friday. Hope to see you next week for Cinco de Mayo.

    Joanne/Winelady Cooks


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