Edna Lewis Tea Cakes

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I am a big fan of Edna Lewis who was the granddaughter of of slaves. Her cooking reflects the food of the South and I am honored to share this recipe which is a huge success no matter the occasion.

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4 dozen (a crowd)
15 Min
10 Min


1/2 c
unsalted butter
2 c
pure cane sugar
2 large
eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 c
buttermilk room temperature
1 Tbsp
lemon zest
4 c
all purpose flour, sifted
4 Tbsp
baking powder
1 1/2 tsp
1/4 c
sugar for sprinkling

How to Make Edna Lewis Tea Cakes


  • 1Preheat oven t 400 degrees.
  • 2Mix together softened butter and sugar. When well blended add eggs. You can use a hand mixer or do it by hand.
  • 3Add the eggs one at a time then slowly add the buttermilk and lemon zest.
  • 4Sift together the flour baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
  • 5Add the flour mixture by cupfuls into the liquid ingredients mixing well after each addition. If using an electric mixer the dough will be stiff enough to go to using your hands.
  • 6Divide the dough into 4 portions. Roll each portion on a lightly floured surface to the thickness of 1 inch
  • 7Use a biscuit or cookie cutter to cut out 2 1/2 inch rounds. Place 1/2 inch apart on parchment lined cookie sheets. Sprinkle the surface of each cookie with sugar.
  • 8Bake o the meddle rack of preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to turn golden brown. Remove immediately to a cooling rack to cool.

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About Edna Lewis Tea Cakes

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Southern
Hashtags: #tea, #cookie, #TEACAKES