Category: Dessert   |     Prep Time: 15 mins   |    Cook Time: 20 mins

Makes: Approx. 1 dozen cookies


A traditional African cookie, these benne wafers are popular in Nigeria. Crispy, nutty and easy to make, these cookies are perfect as quick weekday snacks!


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  • 1 cup sesame seeds, toasted
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder



  • Oven
  • Baking sheet
  • Large bowl



1. Preheat oven to 375 F.

2. Toast sesame seeds by placing them on an ungreased baking sheet and toasting at 375 for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.

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

4. Drop the dough into teaspoon-sized balls onto a greased baking sheet. Spread the cookies out so that there are 2 inches of room between each cookie.

5. Bake at 375 for 5-6 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to sit for 2-3 minutes. Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container. Makes 1 dozen cookies.

6. Enjoy with family and friends!




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