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.

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Credit: James Carrier

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Makes 9 cookies


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Instructions Checklist
  • Beat butter with sugar and lemon peel until well blended.

  • Beat in egg whites, milk, and vanilla.

  • Beat in baking powder.

  • Add flour and stir until batter is evenly moistened.

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

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

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

94 calories; calories from fat 14%; protein 2.3g; fat 1.4g; saturated fat 0.8g; carbohydrates 18g; fiber 0.4g; sodium 82mg; cholesterol 3.5mg.