Benne Bits

Benne Bits

Recipe adapted from my friend Lind Vaughan’s version of Benne Bits.

Benne Bits on

Serves: 8

Prep time: 40 minutes, including 20 minutes for roasting seeds, plus 15-25 minutes to bake, depending upon size of crackers


  • ¼ cup and 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • ¼ cup plus one tablespoon of ice water


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roast sesame seeds in a dry frying pan at medium heat, stirring regularly until seeds are browned and begin to give off a fragrance. Cool seeds.Derby Day Cocktail - roasting the Sesame Seeds on
  2. In a food processor, process flour, salt, cayenne and 1 tablespoon of the roasted seeds for 30 seconds until seeds are finely ground and ingredients are well incorporated.
  3. Add butter and process until mixture is crumbly. Add half of the water and pulse several times until combined.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon sesame seeds and rest of water. Process another half minute until dough begins to form.
  5. Put dough on a lightly-floured surface and roll out to ¼ inch thickness. When dough is rolled out, sprinkle surface with sesame seeds and roll into the dough.Derby Day Cocktail - sprinkling the Sesame Seeds on the Benne Bits dough on Americas-Table.comDerby Day Cocktail - rolling out the dough for the Benne Bits on
  6. Cut out bits with a small cookie cutter (I made them in three sizes, but I prefer the smallest size because they’re more like eating cocktail peanuts than crackers, and people will grab a handful rather than just one.) and place on a silpat-covered baking sheet.Derby Day Cocktail - cutting the Benne Bits dough on
  7. Bake 15 minutes for the one-inch size benne bits, 20 minutes for the two-inch sized bits and 25 minutes for the 3-inch benne bits. Serve with cocktails.Bowl of Benne Bits on

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *