South Carolinians have referred to sesame seeds as benne since the 17th century when Africans first brought the seeds to this country. Though cooks in the South use benne seeds in a variety of recipes, the most popular is in benne seed wafers.
Toast sesame seeds in a heavy skillet over medium heat 5 minutes or until toasted, stirring often.
Beat butter at medium speed with mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Stir in sesame seeds, eggs and vanilla.
Combine flour and remaining ingredients; stir into butter mixture. Cover and chill at least one hour.
Shape Doug into 1/2 -inch balls, and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Flatten to 1/15 -inch thickness with floured fingers or a flat-bottomed glass.
Bake at 325-degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately transfer to wire racks to cool.
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