Aunt Neals Old Fashioned Tea Cakes

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 30 mins

this recipe came from a gooseberry patch cookbook as requested from heather feather. it is attributed to ana kelly's(birmingham alabama)aunt cornelia.........ana kelly stated that these date back to the turn of the 20th century.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
  2. gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating well.
  3. add egg and vanilla;beat well.
  4. combine flour,salt,baking soda and baking powder.
  5. beat into batter alternatly with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  6. shape dough into 2 discs,wrap well and refridgerate at least 1 hour.
  7. roll each disc to a 1/4 inch thickness on a floured surface.
  8. cut with a 3 inch cutter, place 1 inch apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  9. sprinkle with sugar.
  10. bake at 400 degrees for 7-8 minutes.
  11. cool 1 minute and move to wire racks.


Most Helpful

These are very good. Soft and tender cookies, very pretty with the sparkly sugar on top. These are not very,very sweet (which makes them a very good choice for dunking in coffee or tea, as the recipe name implies). I was able to get 3 dozen cookies. A nice light tasting cookie. Thanks for sharing.

HeatherFeather December 16, 2004

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