Grandma's Old Fashioned Tea Cakes Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Grandma's Old Fashioned Tea Cakes Recipe
  • READY IN 53 mins

Grandma's Old Fashioned Tea Cakes

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"A soft teacake that is best when one to two days old. You can change flavors by substituting almond or lemon extract for the vanilla. Add a few drop of food coloring to dress up the dough for special occasions. "

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen Change Servings
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  • PREP

    45 mins
  • COOK

    8 mins
  • READY IN

    53 mins

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg; stir into the creamed mixture. Knead dough for a few turnns on a floured board until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until firm.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch in thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 1/2 inches apart onto cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 20, 2003

I don't usually care for sugar cookies, but I volunteered to bake 6 doz. for an event at my son's school. I tried 2 different recipes, and this one was awesome! I like nutmeg, so the flavor was perfect for me. If nutmeg isn't your thing, try substituting 2 tsp. of lemon, lime, or orange zest. Also, I added 3T of sour cream with the butter. It makes for very tender pastry. Since it's a fairly soft dough, chill as long as possible (I did overnight) so that you have to use a min. amount of flour for rolling. Better yet, roll between 2 sheets of waxed paper, remove the top sheet, cut the shapes without removing them, and put the whole thing in the freezer for a few minutes to get them good and stiff again. They will pop out easily and the scraps can be re-rolled over and over since no flour was added in rolling.

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 26, 2005

This recipe didn't taste like tea cakes to me, they tasted alot like flour. They also had an unpleasant texture, harder than most store bought cookies. No one would eat them after the first bite. I may have done something wrong but not sure what, I followed the recipe I cut from a roll instead of from cookie cutter.

 
Sep 22, 2006

I am a caterer and was comissioned to do a southern ladies tea. The main request was for teacakes which I have never made but tasted a few times. This was the first recipe I came across and tried it today, the cookies are crisp on the outside and soft and chewy inside with a perfect amount of nutmeg. Just lovely.

 
May 23, 2003

WHERE IN THE WORLD DID YOU GET MY GRANDMOTHER'S RECIPE!!!!THESE WERE JUST LIKE THE ONES I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS LITTLE!!!!THANKS A MILLION!!!!

 
Mar 26, 2007

I was afraid to try to knead this dough so I just put it in the fridge to chill. I could only wait about 5 minutes because I was so anxious to bake some. OMG I ended up eating the whole pan of cookies, again! I really can't taste the nutmeg but the cookies are fantastic. As usual I baked them on parchment paper and they were perfect. Light brown on the bottom and oh so tasty. Love, love, love these.

 
May 23, 2003

THIS IS THE OLD FAASHIONED RECIPE I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR. IT'S JUST GREAT. I'LL PASS IT ON TO MY KIDS!!!!!!

 
May 23, 2003

My great aunt used to make teacakes. She died and did not leave us the recipe. My teacakes turned out great! Just like my aunt.

 
Sep 02, 2011

This recipe took me back to when I was a little girl growing up in Forrest City, Arkansas. Ms. Lucy (a grandma figure) used to baby sit me and she made tea cakes that looked and tasted JUST LIKE these! I am almost 50 years old and I've tried many tea cake recipes trying to recapture the taste and texture of Ms. Lucy's tea cakes. Until now, I was unsuccessful. These cookies are absolutely delicious!!!! Not only are they delicious, but I get to savor wonderful memories of Ms. Lucy reaching into airtight plastic container (an empty lard bucket LOL) and saying, "Sweetie, would you like a tea cake?" :). Many thanks to the person who shared this wonderful recipe.

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 188 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26.6 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 38 mg
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 8.3 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 2.2 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 135 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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