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Edenton Tea Party Cakes

Yield about 6 dozen


  • 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

How to Make It

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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