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Old-Fashioned Tea Cookies

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
    4 dozen


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


  • Preheat oven to 325°. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. 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.
  • Bake until edges are golden brown, 17-20 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar.
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.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 128 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 211mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Kelli
    Aug 3, 2019

    This cookie recipe did not turn out for me. I tried it two different times. I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 because it might have been partially my fault for just pouring the flour in. If I were to make them again, I would put a little flour in at a time. It definitely did not seem to need 2.5 cups of flour!

  • Brooke E
    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
    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
    Mar 26, 2014

    No frills. Just a good, simple tea cookie.

  • farm diva
    Nov 10, 2013

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

  • Miraoli
    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: would go great with these tea cookies. ;)

  • cathimom
    Mar 13, 2012

    Great for "tea parties" with the little girls!