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Benne Seed Toffee

Yield about 1 pound
The microwave makes this hard candy simple. Light blond in color, the toffee borrows its name, benne, from the African term for sesame seeds.


  • Butter-flavored cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 (2.38-ounce) jar sesame seeds

How to Make It

  1. Lightly coat a cookie sheet with cooking spray; set aside.

  2. Place butter in a 2-quart microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, covered, at HIGH 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until butter melts. Stir in sugar, water, and corn syrup. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute. Stir and microwave 3 more minutes. Stir well. Cover and microwave 1 more minute.

  3. Uncover and stir in sesame seeds. Microwave, uncovered, at HIGH 2 to 3 minutes or until candy is light caramel in color. Pour candy onto prepared cookie sheet, spreading to 1/8" thickness. Cool completely on cookie sheet on a wire rack; break candy into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

Christmas with Southern Living 2000