Benne Seed Wafers Recipe

This traditional Lowcountry cookie is made with toasted sesame seeds.

Related To:

Yield: Makes 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup toasted sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add egg and vanilla, beating until blended.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sesame seeds. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating well.

Line baking sheets with nonstick foil, parchment paper, or silpat sheets. Drop dough by level tablespoonful onto prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart (cookies will spread). Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet 1 minute; transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

TIP To toast sesame seeds: Spread sesame seeds in an even layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 3 to 4 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely. 

Keep Reading

Next Up

Shrimp and Grits Recipe

If one dish is the hallmark of Lowcountry cuisine, it's savory shrimp served over creamy grits.

Lowcountry Boil Recipe

Also known as Frogmore Stew, this simple shrimp boil is traditionally served family-style. 

Hoppin' John Recipe

This hearty side dish brings together two Lowcountry favorites: rice and black-eyed peas.

Lowcountry Crab Cakes Recipe

These bite-size crab cakes make the perfect first course for a Southern-style celebration.

Try This Island-Inspired Twist on a Classic: Pineapple Creme Brulee Recipe

Served in a freshly sliced pineapple and gently torched to perfection, this pineapple crème brulee is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Baking Super Chocolate Cookies

When chocolate cookies just aren't enough, try these ultra-rich treats.

Basil Banana Cake Recipe

Make use of overripe bananas in this classic cake with a garden twist.

Calling All Doughnut Lovers: 16 Must-Try Recipes, Crafts and Shops

Love doughnuts? You'll go nuts for these yummy recipes, sweet DIY projects and must-visit bakeries.

Heritage Red Velvet Cake Recipe

This cake gets its heart shape from a hand-drawn template and serrated knife — no specialty pans required here.

Avocado Cheesecake With Pistachio Crust

Decadently sweet with a punch of tartness, the avocado has finally found its place on the dessert menu. If you're a fan of key lime pie, this just might be your new favorite treat.

Meet the Experts

Learn about the design and build team responsible for HGTV Dream Home 2018.

Architect: Eric Gedney

Builder: Choice Construction

Designer: Brian Patrick Flynn

Project Manager: Scott Branscom

See the Floor Plan for HGTV Dream Home 2018

Familiarize yourself with the layout of this one-of-a-kind waterfront remodel.

Luxury Home Giveaways

HGTV Smart Home

A lowcountry style home in Palmetto Bluff in SC

HGTV Urban Oasis

A cozy Craftsman-style home in Knoxville, Tennessee

DIY Network Ultimate Retreat

A cozy wooded escape on Vermont's Lake Champlain