Southern Tea Cakes Recipe
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Southern Tea Cakes Recipe

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There were nine children in our family and Mother had to stretch the budget, so she made these often for dessert. I loved them when I was a child, and they're still a special treat. In fact, I've never met anyone who doesn't like these cookies. They're so simple and quick to make.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups self-rising flour

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 252 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 251mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream together shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs. Add milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir in flour; mix well.
  2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2-1/2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Southern Tea Cakes in Country October/November 1992, p49

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misscoffeepot User ID: 7519492 238579
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2015

"my hubby said "those are good cookies", which is all the kudos I need. I did add a couple tsp lemon oil. Be sure to bake till edges begin to turn golden, or you will have a crumbly soft cookie. Cool on sheets 1-2 min before removing to cool. This is a very easy recipe, and I had some self rising flour to use up. I think various extracts could be nice."

debpenns User ID: 5553562 237420
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"made these for my daughter n law she loved them said they where like her grandma used to make :)"

sweetlover User ID: 1727229 40714
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"Can I substitute butter for the shortening in these cookies?"

ltomlinson User ID: 4269647 37153
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"Excellent and easy to make. Not quite like Grandma's but the grands should have a wonderful time helping making these treats!"

diane hixon User ID: 3130250 13312
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

"I have many these simple cookies on numerous occasions!"

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