Miss Janice's Tea Cake Recipe

One of the most nostalgic desserts for me is the tea cake. They used to remind me of my maternal grandmother’s house. Mamaw made the best tea cakes. They were crunchy, buttery, and tasted light as a feather. They are the perfect summer cookie.

When Hudson was born, my mom used her good friend, Miss Janice’s recipe to make tea cakes to have at the house. This recipe is even better than my Mamaw’s. Now when I taste tea cakes I think of the summer that Hudson was born.

We’re at the beach this week, and before my we left my house, my mom whipped up a big batch of tea cakes for us to bring to the beach. We’re all fans of the tea cakes!

Miss Janice reads my blog and agreed to share the recipe with all of you. Enjoy!

Miss Janice’s Tea Cakes


2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla

4 1/2 cups flour, sifted
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cream of tartar


Cream butter and sugar then add remaining 3 ingredients, mixing together.

In a separate bow, mix the remaining ingredients together (flour, confectioners sugar, baking road, baking powder, and cream of tartar.)

Combine the two bowls and mix well. Drop by teaspoon on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Press down with tips of fingers.

Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or until just browning around edges. The key to the crispy, light texture is pressing down before baking.

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  1. says


    I just had to share that I was thinking of Hayes and you today. I ran to Bed, Bath and Beyond to get a lid for my bigger tervis tumbler and was telling my husband about the Gamecocks one that you had. Then I ran into the store next to it and saw a little boy with a doc band on. It’s the first time I’ve ever noticed a child in one because of reading Hayes’ story. I wanted to ask the mom how much longer he had to wear it and if he got to do his treatment locally (probably since we have a huge Children’s Hospital) but didn’t want her to think that I was staring inappropriately. His was decorated like an American flag.

    So in a silly way I just had to let you know that Hayes and you were on my mind today. I hope all three of you are having a great day.

  2. says

    Tea cakes are the best things in the world! I’ve been trying for the perfect tea cake and haven’t found the recipe. I’ve printed out Miss Janice’s to try!

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