Benne Wafers

Bene Wafers are thin crackers made with sesame seeds and served as an appetizer with dips at Charleston cocktail parties and receptions. They are especially good with Pimento Cheese.

  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 tablespoons milk

1 large egg, slightly beaten

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sprinkle sesame seeds in a single layer onto an ungreased baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes. Let cool.

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add butter a small amount at a time and cut into dry ingredients with a pastry cutter until mixture resembles cornmeal.

Add milk a little at a time, then stir until dough comes together. Stir in sesame seeds.

On a lightly floured surface, gently knead dough until dough is no longer sticky. Roll out dough until it is no thicker than the actual sesame seeds. Cut into 2 inch rounds and place on lightly greased baking sheet.

Using a pastry brush, brush each wafer with beaten egg.

Bake until golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool and store in an air-tight container.

Makes about 3 dozen.

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  1. Benne (Sesame) Seed Cocktail Crackers « diplomatickitchen said

    June 25 2012 @ 2:26 am

    […] Cocktail Crackers is adapted from Mr. Rick McDaniel’s recipe for Benne Wafers on his site Chef Rick’s Southern Cooking.  Mr. McDaniel’s is a journalist and food historian.  He is the author of An Irresistable […]

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