25 June 2011

Benne Wafers

I seem to be on a wee bit of a sweet phase this past week.  These have been on the must make list for quite some time.  Who could resist after reading about them here at the Wednesday Chef...in a nutshell "delicate and taste like caramel" "insanely good" so yes they had to be made.  I only wish I had made them sooner as they are incredibly quick and easy and they are very, very good.

Benne Wafers, courtesy of The Wednesday Chef

Make 3-4 dozen,,,depending on the size of your cookies.


1 ½ tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup sesame seeds


Preheat oven to 175C / 350F

Place the butter and sugar in a bowl and cream until they are well combined.  You can do this by hand or for me it was an excuse to use my KitchenAid.  The KitchenAid also makes it all very easy if butter not quite at room temperature and you have no patience.

Next add the egg and beat until combined.  Add the flour, salt, vanilla extract, and sesame seeds and mix everything together.

Drop small spoons of dough on to a parchment lined baking sheet.  I used roughly teaspoon sized little dollops.  Flatten the wafers with a knife dipped in to ice water and leave an inch or 2 between the wafers as they will spread.

Bake for 6-7 minutes until the wafers are golden with slightly deeper golden edges.  Take the parchment paper of the baking tray and place on a cooling rack.  After 5-8 minutes gently pull the cooled wafers off the parchment.  The parchment can be reused for the next batch.

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Cool the wafers completely and they can be stored for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container. Cool completely and store in a tin for up to 2 weeks.

These really are delectable little wafers.  Golden, slightly chewy,  caramel flavoured with crunch and texture from the sesame seeds.  Thinking I may go with Luisa's suggestion and have them with some ice cream.



  1. I'd love a few with tea right now!

  2. This reminds me of sesame candy, the oriental confection that I love! Caramel and sesame seeds are a great flavor combination. This would be a perfect snack for the long inter-continental flight:)
    BTW, Mairi, expand your comment thingie to include Name/URL option - this way I have to sign with my Google account. Not a big deal, but just another option:)

  3. I really like them, and I like all sweets with sesame seeds. +1! You know that when these are still warm you can shape them into little baskets (put on a small glass upside down) or roll them up?


  4. Thanks Annapet...I may just do that myself!

    Thanks Lana,,,,think I have finally sussed that one out :)

    Alessandra - what a great idea, never thought of that :) And thanks for the +1

  5. These sound delicious - I just loooove sesame seeds. Would definitely be nice with ice cream, I think!


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