Benne (the Bantu word for sesame) was brought to America from East Africa in the 17th century during the slave trade era.
Here are two recipes I found the
BENNE WAFERS RECIPE (1954 Gourmet magazine)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 3/4 cup sesame (benne) seeds (toasted)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Cream butter and sugar together and mix with other ingredients in the order given. Use a 1/2 teaspoon to measure the dough and drop onto a cookie pan covered with parchment paper*, about 1 1/2 inches part, far enough apart to allow spreading while baking.
Tip: While baking, use a cold spatula to flatten any cookies that start to "puff."
Bake in a 350º F oven for 4-6 minutes. Let cool. Store in air-tight container
Yield: 6 dozen
*You can just grease the cookie sheet but I find the tiny cookies tend to stick so its easier to peel them of the parchment paper once cooled.
© Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks (Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities) for the towns of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Jay/Upper Jay, Wilmington, Keene/Keene Valley which is available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the second guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities.