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

A granny special.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cream shortening in a large bowl; gradually add 1 1/2 cups sugar, beating well at medium speed of an electric mixer.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
  3. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Stir in extract.
  6. Cover and chill 1 hour.
  7. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured surface.
  8. Cut with a 2 3/4 inch round cookie cutter; place on greased cookie sheets.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until edges begin to brown.
  10. Sprinkle with sugar, if desired.


Most Helpful

These were so wonderful. My gran used to make tea cakes and these are very similar to her's. The cookies turned out very soft on the inside. I really liked the hint of almond flavor from the extract. I made these for my mom and served with hot lemon tea. We had a great visit and a wonderful treat.

jerri822 October 01, 2002

Old-fashioned tea cakes are one of my and my husband's favorites. These were perfect and just the way they should be--soft, tender, and light. It rained all day today so I had the perfect opportunity to enjoy them with a hot cup of tea. Pure pleasure. Thanks Nurse Di.

FruitLoop October 21, 2003

My niece and her friends wanted to have a "real" tea party. I made these to serve the young ladies and they were so delicious. A soft, melt in your mouth cookie with a delicate almond flavor. Squeals of delight from the little girls and me!!. Thanks you Nurse Di.

gretchengr January 17, 2003

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