James Carrier
Makes 9 cookies

As a child, Wallace Yvonne McNair, the administrator and curator of the Black American West Museum & Heritage Center in Denver, often craved this snack—a glass of milk and one or two of the big, soft, jam-dotted cookies that her mother called tea cakes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat butter with sugar and lemon peel until well blended.

Step 2

Beat in egg whites, milk, and vanilla.

Step 3

Beat in baking powder.

Step 4

Add flour and stir until batter is evenly moistened.

Step 5

Drop batter in 2-tablespoon portions about 3 inches apart on nonstick baking sheets.

Step 6

Onto the center of each cookie, spoon 1/4 teaspoon jam.

Step 7

Bake in a 350° oven until cookies are pale brown on top and golden on bottom, 13 to 15 minutes. Transfer to racks to cool. Serve warm or cool.

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