Toasted Benne (Sesame) Wafers

Preparation info

  • Makes

    5 dozen

    cookies
    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

Classic Home Desserts

By Richard Sax

Published 1994

  • About

Benne (sesame) seeds were brought to the American South by slaves from Africa. This not-quite-sweet cookie is a hybrid—a combination of old South Carolina recipes for benne wafers and Italian sesame-coated biscotti. The crisp but tender biscuits bake to a pale gold and have the haunting, toasty flavor of sesame oil. They improve in flavor as they keep.