Benne Seed Cookies

Preparation info

  • Makes

    5 dozen

    • Difficulty


Appears in

The Cheese Biscuit Queen Tells All: Recipes, Remembrances, and a Little Riotous Behavior

The Cheese Biscuit Queen Tells All

By Mary Martha Greene

Published 2021

  • About

Benne (rhymes with penny) is the Gullah word for seed; these seeds are said to bring good luck. Some brides in the Lowcountry serve these cookies at their weddings to bless their marriage.


  • cups packed light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1


Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line 2 or more baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly butter paper.

Using a hand mixer or stand mixer on medium-high speed, cream together the brown sugar and butter. Reduce speed to medium and add egg, beating until it is creamed with the but