How to Make Tea Cake Cookies
Where I’m from, a tea cake cookie is a simply flavored cookie, delicious on it’s own or with a cup of coffee, just lightly sweet so that it can double as a snack or treat.
Mama Reed’s Tea Cakes
My mother’s grandmother, Mama Reed, was known for her soft tea cakes. She would serve them warm, straight out of the oven, to her ten kids and whoever happened to be around when they were done. Then, after they had cooled she would store them in a big old cookie jar – where they didn’t last long.
The Next Generation’s Tea Cake Cookie
Today, though, I’m sharing another variety of tea cake cookies that was also a standard at many families, a crispy little tea cake. Or, as my husband calls them “those evil little things that won’t let me stop eating them.”
These are a favorite of the men in my house and when they are in the cookie jar my son seems to forget how to grab just one cookie at a time. 🙂 My husband often suffers from the same affliction.
If your grandma made the crispy version and you’ve been looking for a recipe, I’m sharing Mama’s today. If your grandma made the soft version, here ya go.
If you don’t recall ever having tea cake cookies – I suggest you try whichever one sounds the best to you.
And now, the finished tea cakes!
Were tea cakes (of any variety) a staple in your family growing up?
- 1 cup butter at room temp (two sticks)
- 1 +3/4 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- In large mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter with electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and beat again. Add remaining ingredients and beat until fully incorporated, scraping down sides as needed. Drop dough by tablespoon size balls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Dip a glass in sugar and press down lightly on each dough ball to flatten, dipping in sugar again after each one.
- Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes, or until lightly browned on the edges. If you would like them to be softer, bake one to two minutes less. Cool completely and then store in an airtight container until they disappear :).
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