A tea cake 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.
1cupbutterat room temp (two sticks)
1+3/4 cups sugar
4cupsall purpose flour
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 :).
If you want them to be crispy, be sure and bake them until there is a light browning around the edges.