Benne Cakes (Sesame Cookies)

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by Jellyqueen

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.

Top Review by MsBindy

I'm afraid that these did not work out at all. They all spread out flat as a pancake and actually ran off my cookie sheet on to the oven. I've reviewed the ingredients and instructions carefully to make sure I followed them carefully.

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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