Growing up in the South meant lots of bridal and baby showers.
Whether we were celebrating one of my aunt’s upcoming wedding or another cousin’s new baby, there were always cucumber sandwiches, ice cream punch, and tea cakes.
The Tea Cakes were always my favorite.
These dainty little bite sized cookies were coated in powdered sugar. One taste of the delicate, crispy tea cake and you were in heaven. If you were a young girl like me, you usually had a lap full of fluffy powdered sugar.
I’m reliving a bit of my childhood and adding to my School of Southern Cooking recipes with this delicious Lemon Tea Cake Recipe.
Lemon Tea Cakes
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 sticks of butter, softened
- 1 cup of oil
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons of lemon extract
- 4 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
- sifted confectioner’s sugar for dusting the tops
Begin the tea cake cookie dough by creaming together the sugar, butter, oil, eggs, and lemon extract in a large bowl. Allowing the eggs and butter come to room temperature will insure the mixture comes together smoothly.
Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar, and confectioner’s sugar together in another large bowl. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture until thoroughly combined.
Use a teaspoon or a small cookie scoop to drop portions of the tea cake cookie dough onto a baking sheet. Bake for approximately 15 minutes. The cookies themselves will not turn golden. Pay close attention for light brown bottoms peeking out from underneath the cookies.
Sprinkle generously with confectioner’s sugar while the cookies are still warm.
Tootsie talked her brothers into helping her decorate the last batch of tea cakes with pink sugar sprinkles. According to her pink-a-licious self the cookies were “just too plain”.
Whether coated with powdered sugar or pink sprinkles, this Southern cookie recipe is a delicate treat.
The lemon flavor adds a brightness to the cookie. Just like when I was a little girl, these tea cakes would be perfect for a bridal or baby shower.
We all grew up with traditional sweet treats. Have you ever had a tea cake cookie? What is named something else in your hometown? What was your favorite cookie growing up?
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