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

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

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Renee' Warnock


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.


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


  1. Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, one at a time and stir after each one.
  2. Dissolve baking soda in sour milk and add this to the mixture.
  3. 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.
  4. Modern day instructions not included in original recipe: Place on cookie sheets and bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

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

Course/Dish: Cookies
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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