Good Luck Sesame Benne Wafers

Adapted from
Makes 3 dozen cookies
Author Wendy Sondov


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup toasted sesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time. Then add vanilla. Mix until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes).
  4. Add salt, baking soda, and flour and continue mixing until smooth.
  5. Stir in sesame seeds.
  6. Using a tablespoon scoop, place balls of dough 2-3″ apart on lined baking sheet. (9-12 per sheet. The balls spread into flat discs, so leave room).
  7. Bake 8-10 minutes until golden.
  8. Cool on baking sheet for 1 minute before sliding parchment onto wire cooling racks.

Packing Tips

Double wrap cookies in plastic wrap in pairs with bottoms together. Place wrapped bundles in an airtight ziplock bag or container for storage. Store at room temperature for 1-2 weeks.