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Benne Wafers (Sesame Seed Cookies)

Benne wafers from Central African Republic are beautifully crispy, crunchy cookies made with sesame seeds!
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Course: baking, Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: central african republic
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 30 cookies


  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place sesame seeds on a cookie sheet and toast for about 15 minutes, checking and stirring them every 5 minutes or so. Keep a close eye on your sesame seeds as they burn easily.
  • Remove the sesame seeds from the oven and place them aside to cool.
  • Bump oven up to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Melt butter and use an electric mixer to combine with sugar.
  • Add egg and mix with electric mixer again.
  • Add flour and baking powder and use a spoon to mix by hand.
  • Line an open air cooking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop 12 cookies onto your cookie sheet and bake at 375 for about 14 minutes. Your cookies will start to brown and be very thin and wafery!
  • Allow to cool fully and enjoy!
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