Is there a favorite food that you always associate with a holiday? My food for Christmas would be teacakes. My grandmother always made these for the grandchildren. They are not fancy but oh so good, a crunchy, kinda sweet, with a slight taste of nutmeg delight! They are fun to make with your kids or grandkids but be prepared for flour going everywhere when they are cutting them out! We had a great time making them last Sunday with the grandkids and friends.
Old Fashioned Tea Cakes
Great-Granny’s cookies that she always made for us for Christmas! Now I make them with my grandchildren!
1 cup butter
1 ¾ cup sugar
3 cups all purpose flour
½ t baking soda
½ t salt
¼ t ground nutmeg
1 t vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Stir into the creamed mixture. Knead dough for a few turns on a floured board until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until firm.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface roll the dough out to ¼ inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 ½ inch apart on cookie sheets.
Bake for 8-10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before moving to wire rack to finish cooling.
The key to making a crunchy cookie is rolling it out thin enough.