Total Time
2hrs 15mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 15 mins

This recipe is posted in honor of my Grandmother. When I was a little girl, I stayed with her during the day while my Mom worked. We made these Tea Cakes at least once a week. She was the most wonderful cook I've ever known. I hope someday to be as good as she was. (On the servings, I'm only guessing! Prep time includes chilling the dough.)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine the powdered sugar, granulated sugar, margarine, oil, eggs and vanilla.
  2. Cream well.
  3. Add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cream of tartar.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  6. Pinch off pieces of the dough and roll in small walnut-sized balls.
  7. Place on a cookie sheet.
  8. Bake at 300-325 degrees for 10-15 minutes, depending on your oven and how crisp you like them.
  9. Baking for approx.
  10. 10 minutes will yield a softer cookie, as they get crisper the longer they bake.


Most Helpful

I have been trying for years to duplicate a tea cake recipe from a local restaurant and THIS is the recipe. DELICIOUS!

Diane Ryals April 20, 2003

We absolutely loved these little tea cakes! So easy to make and they just melt in your mouth. I have made a copy of this recipe and have put it in my "keeper" notebook. How nice of you to honor your Grandmother by sharing her recipe. It makes it even more special. :-)

Merlot November 06, 2002

Great recipe! Just for fun I flattened each cookie slightly and sprinkled a bit of colored sugar sprinkles on each one. I found that this recipe made a HUGE batch and allowed me to put some away in the freezer for another time. Thanks for sharing this family favourite!

* Pamela * September 11, 2003

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