Benne Crackers

Preparation info

  • Makes

    Several Dozen

    • Difficulty


Appears in

Hoppin John’s Lowcountry Cooking

By John Martin Taylor

Published 1992

  • About

The first recipe, after those for drinks, in Charleston Receipts is a benne (sesame seed) “cocktailer” said to have revolutionary powers, at least at cocktail parties. My version shortens the dough with equal parts of butter and lard.


  • 2⅔ cups unbleached (all-purpose) flour
  • teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teas


Preheat the oven to 300°. Sift the dry ingredients together into a bowl, then cut in the shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives until it is uniformly distributed. Gradually add the ice water until the dough just begins to hold together (you may not need to use it all). Add the se