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North Carolina Tea Cakes

Yield 5 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk

How to Make It

  1. Cream shortening in a large mixing bowl; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla.

  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir well after each addition.

  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll to 1/2-inch thickness, and cut with a 2 1/2- inch cookie cutter. Place 2 inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheets, and cool on wire racks.

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