Benne Brittle

Benne Brittle Recipe
Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Buffy Hargett

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 23 Minutes
Other Time: 20 Minutes


1 1/4 cups benne (sesame) seeds
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Cook benne seeds in a large heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 8 minutes or until seeds begin to turn brown. Remove from skillet.

2. Cook sugar and 2 Tbsp. water in skillet over low heat, stirring constantly, 10 minutes or until sugar is melted. Quickly stir in benne seeds and vanilla. Pour onto a well-buttered baking sheet. Quickly spread to 1/8-inch thickness, using a metal spatula. Cool completely (20 minutes). Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

Adapted from Charleston Receipts,

Southern Living

March 2010