Barbara's Tea Cakes (Cookies)

“A dear friend shared this recipe with me many years ago. The recipe became a favorite & I have used it for everything over the years. It has made it way to many a Girl Scout mtg, school party, potluck, etc. Tea Cakes became my family's favorite cookie at the holidays. It isn't Christmas without a platter of these & a bag for everyone to take home. They are good plain and sweeter with the glaze & icing.”
READY IN:
30mins
YIELD:
36 medium cookies
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Cream together sugar & shortening until fluffy.
  2. Add eggs & vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Sift dry ingredients together.
  4. Add alternately to mixing bowl with the milk.
  5. Beat until well mixed.
  6. Dump onto lightly floured surface & knead until dough is smooth.
  7. Place in sealed bag or covered bowl. Chill several hours.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Roll dough on floured surface taking care to not add too much flour. The thinner the cookie the crispier it will be. I prefer them softer so leave my dough about 1/4-1/3 inch thick.
  10. Cut as desired. Place on ungreased cookie sheets with room to expand. Rolling the scraps together take care to not overwork the dough. The additional flour makes the cookies tougher.
  11. Bake approx 10 minutes or until done & lightly brown. They should still be very white.
  12. Cool a few minutes & then remove to cookie racks to finish cooling before decorating.
  13. Glazing; Sift the powdered sugar to remove all lumps. Stir in the vanilla & the milk a tablespoon at a time. Whisk together until the desired consistency is reached. To use as a glaze I make it about the thickness of pancake batter. It is NOT spreadable like a frosting. Color as wanted to provide the background color.
  14. Lay the cookies as close as possible on wax paper. Spoon the glaze over the cookies sparingly. Use the spoon to smooth the glaze to the edges of the cookies. Let dry.
  15. If more decorating is planned the glaze does support both buttercream & royal icings.

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