Benne Seed Wafers

Appears in
Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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benne seed wafers, crisp and delicate sweet wafers dotted with benne (sesame) seeds, have been a favorite cookie attributed to the Lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgia since the 1940s, both in general American cookbooks and local Charleston ones. They are typically served at weddings, funerals, and similar catered affairs, and it has been said that if benne seed wafers were not served at a Charleston wedding, the couple would not be legally married. Approximately the size of a U.S. quarter, but with the thickness and crispness of a Communion wafer, benne seed wafers are sold both in bulk and retail, usually in small packages or cookie tins in gift stores.