Benne Wafers

SOS Children's Villages USA
Nigerian benne wafers.
A traditional African cookie, these benne wafers are popular in Nigeria [although they are also popular in the USA]. Crispy, nutty, and ridiculously easy to make, these cookies are perfect as quick weekday snacks!

You’ll Need:

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


Preheat your oven to 375 F.

To toast your sesame seeds, place them on an ungreased baking sheet and toast them at 375 for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned [they burn easily, so keep a close eye on them!]

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

Drop the dough using a tspn measure onto a greased baking sheet. These cookies spread out, so make sure that you leave at least two inches of room between each one! Bake at 375 for 5 to six minutes, until the edges are lightly browned.  Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to sit for 2 to 3 minutes. 

Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container [makes 1 dozen cookies].