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Old-Fashioned Tea Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 128 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 211 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Reviews for Old-Fashioned Tea Cookies

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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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