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, 0 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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Brooke E User ID: 8923712 253456
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2016

"These cookies are amazing! I made them with my best friend and we are terrible at baking but the cookies turned out great. We dipped them in tea and they were very sweet!"

misscoffeepot User ID: 7519492 238605
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."

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 130577
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2014

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

farm diva User ID: 6995846 82736
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

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

Miraoli User ID: 7368454 91326
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. ;)"

cathimom User ID: 6576308 34203
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

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

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