Old Fashion Sugar Tea Cakes

PA Dutch Recipe: Sugar Cakes-Era 1800’s

This is another recipe that was handed down to me by a family member many decades ago. It is a wonderful soft cookie that is easy to make. You must use butter because you want a buttery flavor to the cookie. Also margarine will make the cookie spread and flatten which changes the texture of the cookie. The recipe is basic so you can use it to make other cookies using raisins, mini chocolate chips and nuts. This is a cake cookie that is not over sweet and perfect to enjoy with coffee or hot chocolate.

The recipe makes a very soft dough, so don’t be tempted to add any more flour. Which makes the dough perfect for molded cookie sheets. If you have a collection of them especially from Christmas. We have all seen them in displays around the holidays and in thrift stores after the holidays. I used two different pans to make these. One was a Wilton star whoopie pan the other was a flower pan that is from Boss. Both pans have Teflon coating. I did try an old aluminum Wilton pan. But even with plenty of vegetable spray, I had trouble getting them out, so I stuck with the first two pans. You can drop them by the spoonful on a greased cookie sheet. They make lovely round soft cookies. You will know they are done when they are golden brown around the edges. Let them set on the sheet for a couple of minutes before removing. Cool on a rack.

You can’t go wrong by adding this recipe to your recipe box. These cookies make great gifts and addition to holidays parties year around.

Old Fashion Sugar Tea Cakes

  • Servings: 48 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter soften (no substitute)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in 1 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream sugar and butter. Add eggs and beat well. Add 1/2 of the buttermilk, 1/2 of the flour, and all of the baking powder. Mix well. Add the remaining, buttermilk and flour, and the baking soda. Mix well. Add vanilla and mix. Drop by spoonful onto lightly greased cookie sheet. (Only grease baking sheet the first time.) Sprinkle with colored sugars. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until edges start to brown and an indent made by your fingertip disappears on the cookie’s top. Let set on cookie sheet for 2 minutes and removes to a rack to cool.


I have had some sad news recently. My great grandson has been diagnosed with Hemiplegia, which is a form of Cerebral Palsy. They believe he had a stroke either before he was born or shortly after birth. He has limited use of his right side and he maybe blind in the right eye or no hearing in the right ear. They are still running test on him. He does have a chance of recovery but he will need therapy on a regular basis at Denver Children’s Hospital. This is a 120 mile round trip from where they live. They are facing some major expenses and two worn out cars.

A Go Fund me account has been set up for them Please keep the little fella in your prays and share this link on social media. They need all the help they can get. Thank you so much.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Bernice says:

    The cookies looks delicious. I like a tea cookie. Sorry to hear about your great grandson. 🙏🙏🙏


    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Thank you for the prays.

      He went to his first therapy session It went well and he likes the therapist. A friend took her and dropped her off and another one picked her up. All the family live in Florida so she don’t have that support. Friday he will have a Cat Scan so another trip. We will find out more about it.

      The cookies recipe can be cut in half for less cookies.

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      1. Bernice says:

        Glad his first therapy session went well!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. sewhappybychristie says:

    so sorry to hear about your great grandson. I will be praying for him. I will he making these cookies very soon.


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