Grandma Hood's Tea Cakes

Debbie Quimby


As far as we know, this is Grandma Hood's original tea cake recipe (at least that's our story and we're sticking to it). It was passed to my sister, Tricia, from Grandma's oldest daughter, who took up the tea cake mantle once Grandma passed away.

Tricia asked our aunt one time what she should use to flatten the tea cakes with just before baking, to which my aunt replied, "I just use my hand, honey. Don't need nothing else." So there.

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25 Min
10 Min


1 c
1 1/2 c
2 1/2 - 3 c
self rising flour
2 large
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1/4 tsp

How to Make Grandma Hood's Tea Cakes


  • 1Cream shortening and sugar together with an electric mixer. Add eggs, then vanilla.
  • 2Sift together flour and salt, then gradually add to mixture until a soft dough is formed.
  • 3Pinch some dough off with your fingers, roll into a ball, place on ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten with the palm of your hand (Aunt Estelle's way) or with a fork dipped in sugar.
  • 4Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until LIGHTLY browned. Don't overcook these. Their goodness is in their softness.

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About Grandma Hood's Tea Cakes

Course/Dish: Cookies
Other Tag: Quick & Easy