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Southern Tea Cakes

There were nine children in our family and Mother had to stretch the budget, so she made these often for dessert. I loved them when I was a child, and they're still a special treat. In fact, I've never met anyone who doesn't like these cookies. They're so simple and quick to make.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups self-rising flour


  • In a bowl, cream together shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs. Add milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir in flour; mix well.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2-1/2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 252 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 251mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.
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  • misscoffeepot
    Feb 17, 2021

    I tried these when I had self rising flour to use up. It makes a nice light crisp cookie. It also makes about 5 1/2 dozen, so to half the batter, I added 1/2 tsp lemon oil-and the other half, I added 1/4 tsp cinnamon-topping with a few mini chips. That way I got two different cookie types with one batter- I liked it very much

  • Rhond
    Dec 24, 2019

    Want to know if butter can be used in place of shortening ?

  • Shenica
    Aug 7, 2017


  • 2124arizona
    Jul 4, 2017

    This recipe reminds me of the tea cakes my Mom used to make!! Thwy tasted so good and these cookies taste just like homemade!!

  • debpenns
    Nov 15, 2015

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  • 2blessed2bestressed36
    Jul 12, 2013

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  • sweetlover
    Dec 22, 2010

    Can I substitute butter for the shortening in these cookies?

  • ltomlinson
    Dec 7, 2010

    Excellent and easy to make. Not quite like Grandma's but the grands should have a wonderful time helping making these treats!

  • diane hixon
    Dec 1, 2010

    I have many these simple cookies on numerous occasions!