Benne wafer is a thin crispy cookie, made with toasted sesame seeds. There is a story behind the making of these simple and delicious benne wafers. One day I found this very simple recipe for making benne wafers and decided to give it a try, as I am always after easy to cook recipes. The preparation and everything was real easy, done without much time, but…but I cant explain the horror I felt when I peeped into the oven 2 mts after I placed them inside. It was a total mess. The wafers had spread out on the whole pan. They were really flat and stuck to the pan. I almost cried and had a tough time cleaning up the mess after trying out each batch of the real simple cookies(I had tried it with double the ingredients that I have mentioned below and I hadn’t used a parchment paper that day). To my surprise, the cookies turned out super yummy. Those who tasted it also felt the same way so I didn’t mind giving it a second try. I got a different recipe from here which used lesser flour and butter than the previous recipe I tried. I tried it out yesterday and it turned out great! The recipe is really simple that anybody can try it. Trust me, its really worth it. I halved the ingredients and toasted the sesame seeds to enhance its flavor. Other than that I almost followed the recipe exactly. Here is the recipe:
Ingredients (Yield – Around 3 dozen cookies)
- Sesame seeds – 1/2 cup (toasted)
- All purpose flour – 2 tbsp (I used almost 3-3.5 tbsp flour)
- Unsalted butter – 2 tbsp, softened
- Brown sugar – 1 cup
- Egg – 1
- Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
- Salt – 1/8 tsp
1. Toast the sesame seeds in a pan until light golden brown. It will take about 6 – 8 mts at medium heat.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Beat the butter and sugar with a hand mixer.
3. Now add the egg, flour and vanilla essence. Mix well and stir in the toasted sesame seeds. Add more flour if the mixture is very runny.
4. Drop by tsp onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 9 – 11 mts or until the edges are brown. Transfer the parchment paper with the cookies to a rack for cooling. The cookies will come off easily from the parchment paper when they are completely cooled. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Tips: You can get sesame seeds really cheap at Asian stores.
Update (7/5/10) : I have tried this recipe a couple of times now and every time they turned out great, a big hit each time!!!
nicely explained….mindblowing..pics r really good,awesome..loved the ones from misshaped to shaped cookies…wil folow recipe..wil try for sure and let u knw the results…thanks for sharing
Sounds super yummy !!!
wow really looking so yummy ..loved reading about the experience when u first tried it.very well explained..nice one yummy team..best cookies for evening tea..loved it
Yuummies..Absolutely great looking sesame cookies ketto…
Also I couldnt resist the Gobi Manchurian pic that i ended by making it..Cauliflower frying nadakanu…
I too had a hard time scraping off the baking pan when I tried out my first baking :)..these cookies looks so crispy and perfect..I love the addition of sesame seeds…looks good 🙂
Wow this is so cools gals. Any one can make this. So simple. You gals have done a great job. Looks very tempting.
That’s some creative cookies. Looks soo perfect and crunchy. Nice recipe.
Awesome cookies. I am a fan of sesame seeds,so would surely give this a try. Loved the way cookie blossomed from unshapely dough to a beautiful and gorgeous one.Thanks for sharing.
great going gals.. these almost look store bought..awesome!!
Wow the wafers looks toooo perfect and tempting… yummy one !!!
Nice stepwise pics, looks beautiful…would love to try these soon
This is so different and interesting 🙂
Scrumptious and interesting sesame cookies..
am not too familiar with cooking with sesame seeds and the cookie name is familiar but have never done research on it….they do look yum…
they luk so nice nd crunchy……I wud love to try it sometime….bookmarked 🙂
Very different cookies. Looks delicous.
this looks so good .. I love the flavor of sesame
it looks super easy .. and am gonna try it today
Nice healthy cookies,thanx for sharing…
this is absolutely delicious! very attractive presentation too.
Crispy cookies..super yummy.
surely will be very flavorful..will surely try this.
Looks like store bought ones. Perfect !!! Another proof of your cooking talent.
Perfect and delicious.
Cookies looks interesting and perfect…nice one
Cookies looks perfect & yummy.. nice clicks..
I had the opportunity to taste this super duper yummy waffers.
It was so delicious,who cares about the shape :-))
To my surprise it’s a simple recipe.Need to stock some sesame seeds soon.
I have a packet of sesame seeds in my pantry which I bought to try out a chinese bread toast…I was wondering what could I do with the leftover sesame seeds:) got a nice idea now..thanks for sharing.
Oh boy, parchment paper really reduces the mess…I’m convinced that they taste super yumm…
Cookies look perfect..great pics…
love seasame cookies. look very crunchy.
Hey loved ur recipe a lot..and steps were quite goodd……i read ur interview in nithu’s blog and was very happy to hear all the wrds from u both…its a nice feeling that frnz startng a blog and very hapy to be a part of ur blog too..thanks for joining and keep going…
Dear,,,cookies looks perfect n very very quick n easy to make this one dear,,i got all the ingredients now am going to bake it for my hubby today itself dear..thanks for the easy cookie recipe.
Superb!!!!! nice click too
Healthy delicious cookies 🙂
Looks so crispy and yummy cookies.
Yes.. its delicious!!! very tasty!!!!Girls, am one of the luckiest one to taste it from Yummies kitchen!!!
wow these have turned out to be awesome .. cool pics 🙂
Cookie looks lovely,just like almond thins.
You have really yummy recipes.Happy to follow you:-)
Never heard of sesame seed cookies..Looks yummy!
Thank You All 🙂
step by step method quite easy we feel..nice one 🙂
I made these yesterday and came out very well,,thanks gals
Stumbled upon this while searching for healthy and easy recipes. Came out sooo good. Another one in addition to the Australian cookies you have in your blog. Thank you Maya. Keep blogging 🙂
You’re welcome..Thank you for taking time to write here! 🙂 Glad to know that you loved these cookies..