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Southern Tea Cakes Recipe

Southern Tea Cakes Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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Shenica User ID: 9232696 271456
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2017


2124arizona User ID: 845443 268956
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2017

"This recipe reminds me of the tea cakes my Mom used to make!! Thwy tasted so good and these cookies taste just like homemade!!"

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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