Renee' Warnock Recipe

Original Family Recipe for Tea Cakes (from 1800's)

By Renee' Warnock BakingScents4u

Recipe Rating:
 3 Ratings

Renee''s Story

My great-great-great grandmother, Frances Howard Ezell (b.1828) and her children and grandchildren made tea cakes together each year at Christmas time. They would make bunches and bunches, put them in a pillow case and hang them up in the kitchen for Christmas treats.

In memory of my grandmother, Ruby Campbell Parnell.


1 1/4 c
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1 c
4 Tbsp
sour milk
1 tsp
baking soda

Directions Step-By-Step

Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, one at a time and stir after each one.
Dissolve baking soda in sour milk and add this to the mixture.
Add enough flour to make dough stiff enough to dump on floured board. Knead in more flour until you can roll the dough out and cut out tea cakes. Bake and cool.
Modern day instructions not included in original recipe: Place on cookie sheets and bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

  • Comments

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    Bea L. BeachChic - Dec 19, 2010
    I love the story, Renee'. I may try these myself sometime. I've never made tea cakes but have eaten them many times. In fact, my sister makes them frequently. Thanks for the post and happy holidays.
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    Renee' Warnock BakingScents4u - Dec 19, 2010
    I haven't made these in quite awhile so I can't remember how much flour to estimate. These are not overly sweet and have a really good flavor. One year I even stored them in an actual pillow case for a bit of nostalgia. Thanks for posting and happy holidays to you as well.
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    Bea L. BeachChic - Dec 20, 2010
    I'll let you know if I figure out the exact amount of flour. I will most likely compare this recipe to my sister's and go from there. Thank you for posting a great recipe and have a wonderful Christmas.
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    Renee' Warnock BakingScents4u - Dec 20, 2010
    Thank you. That will be helpful. Hopefully people can look up how to make sour milk on their own. You just add a little vinegar, but I don't know how much.
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    Bea L. BeachChic - Dec 20, 2010
    My guess is a drop, no more that 2 drops, to 4 TBSP milk. How does that sound, Renee'? LOL