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Mississippi Tea Cakes


"This is my mother's recipe, her mother's recipe, and so on... Basic, simple, down-home and delicious!! My grandmother's advice is to enjoy warm with a big glass of ice-cold milk!!! Poor folks' heaven!!!"
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50 m servings 72 cals
Original recipe yields 36 servings (3 dozen)


  • Calories:
  • 72 kcal
  • 4%
  • Fat:
  • 2.8 g
  • 4%
  • Carbs:
  • 11g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 1 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 12 mg
  • 4%
  • Sodium:
  • 53 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda; beat into the creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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WOW- sooo good. It is exactly what the name says: little cookie-shaped cakes. They get even cakier and moist the next day. It's the perfect sweetness too. Great little cake cookies that truly...

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I made these with the hope that they would turn out like my mom's cookies -- cake-like and moist. These turned out like soft sugar cookies. There was no cake-like texture at all. I kept going...

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WOW- sooo good. It is exactly what the name says: little cookie-shaped cakes. They get even cakier and moist the next day. It's the perfect sweetness too. Great little cake cookies that truly...

I was crushed when I realized I had lost my own recipe for these after some time had passed since I last made them. Several failed attempts later at trying to do it by memory, nothing seemed to...

Third time's a charm! My success includes adding a pinch more flour, using parchment paper, making them smaller (between the diameter of a quarter and half dollar - they will expand) and cookin...

This is an easy recipe and the tea cakes were soft and delicious. I did add a 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg and used parchment paper instead of a greased cookie sheet.

From another Mississippian - WONDERFUL RECIPE, just like my Big Mama (my great grandmother)made. She lived till she was 106 years old, and made these until she left us. I have been trying to mak...

I have tried other tea cake recipes, this one was quick, easy, and tasted great. It reminded my grandmother of the tea cakes she used to make. Thank you for allowing me to help my grandmother re... just doesn't get any better than this! I was craving a sweet snack while pulling an all night studying session but unable to get to the store. It's not very often that I can find a good...

I passed this recipe on to my sister to bake for a dessert social and they turned out great! She had to bake up a second batch for the guests, since we couldn't stop eating them fresh out of th...

Oh my goodness, these cookeis are so good! I made myself refrain from eating the dough but I can't stop eating the cookies. I used powdered buttermilk but I couldn't tell that it made any diff...