Edenton Tea Party Cakes

Oxmoor House
about 6 dozen


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4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup lard, softened
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon warm water
3 eggs
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla


Combine flour and salt in a large mixing bowl; cut in butter and lard with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Set aside.

Dissolve soda in water; stir well, and set aside.

Beat eggs in a large mixing bowl until foamy; add sugar and dissolved soda mixture, beating well. Stir in vanilla. Gradually add reserved flour mixture, stirring until well blended. Cover and chill thoroughly.

Roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface; cut with a 2-inch round cookie cutter. Place 2 inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 400° for 7 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets, and cool on wire racks.

Created date

February 2010