Servings: 36
Yield: 6 dozen

Southern people refer to these cookies as Benne Wafers, they are actually Sesame Seed Cookies. Toasting benne (sesame) seeds develops their flavor and also gives these cookies a slightly crunchy texture.

  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • ¾ cup “Miyoko” or “Follow Your Heart” butter, melted
  • 1 ½ cups packed brown sugar
  • Egg replacer to make 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder


Step 1
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Step 2
Place the benne (sesame) seeds on an ungreased baking sheet and toast for 10 to 12 minutes, until light brown. Watch close so that they don ‘t burn.

Step 3
In a large bowl mix the brown sugar, melted butter, 1 vegan egg, vanilla extract, flour, salt, baking powder and toasted sesame seeds together until combined.

Step 4
Drop dough by 1/2 teaspoonfuls 1 1/2 inches apart onto a lightly greased baking sheet.

Step 5
Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 4 to 6 minutes, until light brown. Let the crisps cool for about 2 minutes before removing them from the baking sheets to a wire rack to cool completely. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container.

Original Recipe & Photo by The Washington Post

Enjoy Your Wafers!