Old-Fashioned Tea Cookies Recipe

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These buttery, rich tasting treats help me and the ladies in my card club overcome the dark days of winter. It's nice to end our card parties on a sweet note.—Peggy Tucker, Mantachie, Mississippi
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min./batch
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min./batch
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 128 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 211mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (8g sugars, trace fiber), 2g protein


  1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Gradually add flour. Roll dough into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets; flatten slightly with fingers.
  2. Bake at 325° for 17-20 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 4 dozen.
Editor's Note: As a substitute for each cup of self-rising flour, place 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a measuring cup. Add all-purpose flour to measure 1 cup.
Originally published as Old-Fashioned Tea Cookies in Taste of Home December/January 2002, p48

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Reviewed Dec. 2, 2015

"it's a keeper! I confess I added 1 tsp orange extract, and 3 Tbl chocolate jimmies to the dough for a bit of variety. Bake till the edges begin to brown. I also dipped my fingers in sugar before pressing the dough down. I must have made mine smaller because I got 36 cookies, which were a good size for us."

Reviewed Mar. 26, 2014

"No frills. Just a good, simple tea cookie."

Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

"Made these cookies today, very good and easy, going to freeze some , for my Christmas Tea Party."

Reviewed Oct. 9, 2013

"These are by far some of the best cookies ever!

There is a coupon for $1 off any two boxes of celestial seasonings tea here:
It would go great with these tea cookies. ;)"

Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

"Great for "tea parties" with the little girls!"

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