Benne Wafer Sandwich Cookies

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Here’s a holiday cookie from the REAL Butter archives. These benne wafers are thin cookies made with lightly toasted sesame for a rich, buttery flavor. Here, they’re sandwiched together with melted chocolate for a unique holiday treat.

Benne Wafer Sandwich Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 3 dozen sandwich cookies

Serving Size: 1 sandwich cookie

Benne Wafer Sandwich Cookies


    For the cookies:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup sesame seeds, lightly toasted*
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • For the filling:
  • 1 cup dark, semisweet or milk chocolate, chopped


  1. To prepare the cookies, preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking powder. Add sesame seeds, brown sugar, melted butter, egg and vanilla extract; mix until blended.
  3. Shape dough into dime-sized balls, place 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets (cookies will spread).
  4. Bake 4 to 6 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool cookies directly on baking sheet until set (about 3 minutes) transfer to rack to cool completely.
  5. To prepare the filling, place chocolate in medium microwave-safe dish. Microwave 30 seconds on high, stir and continue to microwave in 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring after each until chocolate is melted and smooth. Spread 1 teaspoon chocolate between two cookies; allow chocolate to set. Store cookies in airtight container at room temperature, separating layers with parchment paper, for up to 5 days.
  6. *To toast sesame seeds: Place the sesame seeds on an ungreased baking sheet and toast for about 10 minutes, watching closely, until lightly browned.

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