Old Fashion Tea Cakes

These tea cakes are soft and sweet with a hint of vanilla flavour and a bit of nutmeg. Tea cakes are a lot like soft cookies. Photo source: Pixabay.com

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 8 mins

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: European

Keyword: christmas cookies, tea cakes


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspon vanilla essence
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour


  • Cream together eggs, vanilla, shortening, sugar, baking powder. Stir in the flour and nutmeg. Dough will be stiff.
  • Shape in preferred sized balls and flatten with the bottom of a glass. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 8 minutes. If you brown them, you’ve overbaked them.
  • Note: These may also be rolled out and cut with cookie cuters.

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