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       Title: Benne (Sesame Seed) Cookies
  Categories: Cookies
       Yield: 1 servings
  
       1 c  Benne (sesame) seeds
   1 1/2 c  Brown sugar; packed
       1 c  All-purpose flour
     1/4 ts Baking powder
     1/4 ts Salt
     3/4 c  Butter or margarine; melted
       1    Egg
       1 ts Vanilla
  
      Known as sesame seeds in most of the country, “benne” is the name
   southerners learned to call these seeds, which were brought from Africa by
   slaves. Toasting benne seeds develop their flavor and also gives these
   cookies a slightly crunchy texture.
   
        Heat oven to 375. Toast benne seeds on ungreased baking sheet until
   light brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Watch closely so they don't burn. In a large
   bowl, mix all ingredients. Drop dough by 1/2 teaspoonfuls 1 1/2 inches
   apart onto greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 until light brown, about 4-6
   minutes. Cool about 2 minutes before removing from baking sheets to wire
   rack to cool completely. Store in tightly covered cookie tin when
   thoroughly cooled.  Yield: about 6 dozen.   Pat Thomas, retired food
   editor, Yakima WA
  
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