25 Days of Christmas Cookies Day 24 - Benne Wafers

I can't host a blog in South Carolina without sharing the traditional cookie of the Lowcountry - Benne Wafers - Benne is an African word for Sesame and they're sold all over Charleston in a variety of flavors and recipes, but this one is a fairly traditional take on these nutty little cookies.

Benne Wafers
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup white sesame seeds, toasted
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup white sesame seeds toasted or 1 cup chopped pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 375F and line two cookie sheets with parchment or silpats
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients (first 5)
  3. Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until blended, then add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.
  4. Stir in the flour mixture.
  5. Pull off small pieces of the do and roll between your palms into 1 inch balls then dip the tops of the balls into the remaining sesame seeds or pecans
  6. Place cookies onto cookie sheets about 2 inches apart and flatten to 1 1/2 inch rounds.
  7. Bake 1 sheet at a time until the cookies are lightly browned at the edges, 6-8 minutes.  
  8. Let stand briefly and then remove to racks to cool completely
And now you can check out the rest of the yummy recipes and add your own: