Benne Cakes (Sesame Cookies)

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“I have adjusted the flour amount due to the review stating that they flattened out. Benne cakes are a food from West Africa. Benne means sesame seeds. The sesame seeds are eaten for good luck. I am posting this recipe as a effort to broaden my recipes to include different foods from different regions of the world. Hope you will all enjoy these.”
2 dozen

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Lightly spray cookie sheet with oil.
  3. Mix together the brown sugar and butter, and beat until they are creamy.
  4. Stir in the egg, vanilla extract, and lemon juice.
  5. Add flour, baking powder, salt, and sesame seeds.
  6. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto the cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are browned.
  8. Enjoy!

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