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Mixed Seed Wafers

An enticing dichotomy, this Cookie Swap treat is thin and crisp, yet packed with the robust flavor you’d expect of a bulkier cookie! The seeds make it a natural fit for a spring garden party, too!

Yield: 3 1/2 to 4 dozen (2 1/4- to 2 1/2-inch) wafers

Prep Talk: Silicone baking mats are highly recommended, though nonstick cookie sheets can be substituted. Package the wafers in airtight containers as soon as they’ve cooled and store at room temperature up to 2 weeks.


  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon flax seed, lightly toasted and cooled
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons caraway seed, lightly toasted and cooled
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon-size pieces
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


1 | Combine the flour, flax and caraway seeds, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.

2 | Place the butter in a medium (3-quart) saucepan and melt over medium heat. Remove from the heat and mix in the brown sugar. Cool to lukewarm. Note: Some separation of the butter from the sugar is completely normal.

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I am writing because my mother’s maiden name is Usher.  She is an only child.  My maternal grandfather was Samuel Thomas Usher.  His family was from North Carolina.  We all love to cook and entertain.

By Leahne Lightsey on July 07, 2013

Hi, Leahne! Thanks for writing! My paternal grandfather was Theron Usher from Cincinnati, Ohio. Unfortunately, I don’t know much more about the genealogy on that side of my family! That side didn’t much love to cook or entertain - this part of me comes more from my mom and her Lithuanian mom and gramma! :)

By Julia Usher on July 08, 2013