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I've baked many batches of different cookies through the years, but family and friends tell me these are the best. The simple buttery flavor appeals to all.
Recommended: 21 Easter Cake Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:54 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 54 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 81 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 71mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture (the dough will be soft).
  2. Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 7-8 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 9 dozen.
Originally published as Tea Cakes in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p21

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marlowesmom User ID: 1394533 229297
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2015

"Fabulous flavor in a crisp cookie. Very simple to make. I always double or triple the recipe and they stay fresh in plastic containers for a couple of weeks, if they last that long."

mlrobin1935 User ID: 6445125 35598
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2014

"I made these today and I love the flavor. However, I was looking for a more of a round style teacake like the images I grew up with. These are more on the puffy style. Thanks for sharing. Keeping the recipe for the future cookie drop type."

pamela8701 User ID: 7264237 74973
Reviewed May. 24, 2013

"These were simple to make and tasted great. I wouldn't' change a thing."

jaimie m User ID: 5949944 73033
Reviewed May. 17, 2011

"excellent as it stands no adjustments required"

specialk00 User ID: 1285773 73032
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2010

"I love these! Even my picky 10 year old son and husband (he doesn't like sweets) love these. I added an additional 1/4 cup butter."

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