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Benne cakes

Benne Cakes

Benne Cakes

Benne cakes originated in West Africa. Benne means sesame seeds, and they are eaten for good luck. Bring some luck to your Kwanzaa celebration by trying these delicious and simple Benne Cakes.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes


  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine softened
  • 1 cup finely packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • Vegetable oil


  1. Preheat oven to 325°Lightly oil a cookie sheet.
  2. Mix together butter and brown sugar in a mixer or food processor and beat until creamy.
  3. Mix in egg, vanilla, and lemon juice. Add flour, baking powder, salt, and sesame seeds. Mix together.
  4. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake at 325°F for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove the cookies from the cookie sheets and allow them to cool on cooling racks.

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