Sesame Wafers Sesame Wafers

Author: Canadian Living

Sesame seeds, or benne, were brought to North America from Africa. They are thought to bring good luck and are part of many Kwanzaa festivities.

  • Portion size 36 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2003



Line 2 rimless baking sheets with parchment paper or grease; set aside.

In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg, milk and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk flour with baking powder; stir into butter mixture until smooth. Stir in all but 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the white sesame seeds.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls (5 mL), about 2 inches (5 cm) apart, onto prepared pans. Press pecan half into each. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds (if using) and remaining white sesame seeds.

Bake in top and bottom thirds of 375°F (190°C) oven, switching and rotating pans halfway through, until crisp and caramel brown, about 7 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes; transfer to racks and let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.)

Nutritional facts <b>Per cookie:</b> about

  • Sodium 33 mg
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 90.0
  • Total fat 6 g
  • Cholesterol 13 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 9 g


  • Iron 4.0
  • Folate 3.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Vitamin A 3.0
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