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Sesame Seed Cookies

  • Yield: 48
Sesame Seed Cookies

Photography: Reed Davis

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2000


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hulled sesame seeds, toasted


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line four baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside. Sift together flour, salt, and baking soda, and set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, and beat until combined. Add reserved flour mixture, and beat until combined. Add toasted sesame seeds, and beat until incorporated.

  3. Using a spoon, drop cookie batter, about 1 tablespoon at a time, onto prepared baking sheets, allowing at least 2 inches between cookies for spreading.

  4. Bake until golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from oven, and cool on a wire rack.

Reviews (11)

  • maravis2001 11 Aug, 2010

    I made these this afternoon but with a little change: I add CHIA SEEDS and some toasted almonds.... they taste great! I love this cookies!!!!!!!!!

  • Sheylavee 21 Dec, 2009

    These were delicious! A friend made them and I just had to make them too. A very different type of cookie in flavor and texture. Can't wait to have them again.

  • kimwylie0523 29 Mar, 2009

    For y'all non-southern folks, these are also called "Benne Wafers" (pronounced 'beh-nee). They're a Charleston, SC staple and are great with hot -- or iced sweet -- tea.

  • mollymcbutter 28 Mar, 2009

    Very yummy. We stirred in 3 tablespoons of tahini (sesame seed paste) and 1 extra Tbsp. of flour. Instead of adding all of the sesame seeds to the dough, we rolled the dough balls in the reserved seeds before setting on the pan (we used ~1 1/2 cups of sesame seeds all together).

  • Jimar 28 Mar, 2009

    Would love the recipe for the sesame seed candy you were talking about. Do you have it or do you know the name so I can look it up? Thanks for any help.

  • ctflowergirl 28 Mar, 2009

    I would say the bottom left are the ones. The bottom right looks like the sesame candy that we make at Christmas time. Can't wait to try them!

  • Queenlalisa 27 Mar, 2009

    Well it looks like to me that they all have Sesame seeds!

  • ipoole 27 Mar, 2009

    I would guess they're the ones with the sesame seeds.

  • skeeterjane_com 27 Mar, 2009

    It looks like they would be the ones to the bottom left...

  • cookingmylife 27 Mar, 2009

    So which are the cookies described? The photo shows 3 different kinds.

  • lisaturner 27 Mar, 2009

    my grandmother used to do a similar cookie except she baked them on foil lined sheets thus leaving a shiny side to the cookie when done. She also did one sheet, bot individual, and broke them like a brittle.

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