Favorite Old Fashion Tea Cakes

Favorite Old Fashion Tea Cakes

Cook time will depend on how large and thick you cut the cookies. For crisp cookies, roll as thinly as you can. Transfer the cut cookies to the cookie sheet using a thin spatula. These cookies won't get golden brown. They'll be ready with the edges turn slightly brown and they do not appear shiny but more of a matte finish in the center of the cookie.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American/Southern
Keyword cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 108kcal
Author Paula Jones


  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg or lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups all purpose flour My Mawmaw was very specific about the flour being sifted 3 times!
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Cream butter and sugar, add eggs one at a time mixing well after each addition. Add milk, nutmeg or lemon, and vanilla. In another bowl sift flour, baking powder and salt together and combine with other wet ingredients.
  • 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 ungreased cookie sheets. Bakein oven at 325 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.


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Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg