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Old Fashioned Tea Cakes

Old Fashioned Tea Cakes Recipe

These tasty old fashioned tea cakes will bring you right back to your southern roots!!!
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  • ¼ c. unsalted butter room temperature
  • ¼ c. butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • lemon zest from one small lemon
  • 1 T. vanilla bean paste
  • 2 c all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon or nutmeg
  • ¼ c. buttermilk room temp


  • In the stand of a large mixer, cream together butter and shortening until creamy. Add sugar until blended well and then add egg. Mix in lemon zest and vanilla bean paste. Set aside.
  • Sift baking powder, kosher salt, and cinnamon or nutmeg In a medium bowl, .
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with the buttermilk beginning and ending with the dry.
  • Remove the dough from the mixer and shape into a ball. Cut ball in half and shape each half into discs. Cover with plastic wrap. 
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Remove dough from fridge and plastic wrap and roll dough to ¼-inch thick on parchment paper.
  • Cut out cookies with any cookie cutter shape of about 3 inches and place on sheet about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until bottoms are lightly golden. Allow to cool. Say Grace and enjoy!!
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