Best Victorian Tea Cakes

Best Victorian Tea Cakes

16 cookies

15 minutes

Ingredients

  1. 3/4 Cup shortening (Crisco Butter Flavor is great!!)
  2. 1 Cup sugar
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  8. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  9. 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  10. 2 1/4 C flour
  11. 1/2 C buttermilk (will describe how to make your own below, super easy)
  12. Buttermilk
  13. 1/2 cup milk
  14. 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  15. Optional Glaze
  16. 3 C confectioners sugar
  17. 3 tablespoons (and maybe a touch more) milk..you want a loose but not watery mixture
  18. 1 teaspoon lemon extract

Steps

  1. 1
    Buttermilk: For this recipe, use 1/2 C of either 2% or whole milk and add 2 teaspoons of white vinegar..stir well and let sit for 5 minutes
  2. 2
    Cream together the shortening and sugar until smooth, beat in the egg
  3. 3
    At this point it's better to add the spices so they mix well...so add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, vanilla and lemon extract and mix well
  4. 4
    Now add half the buttermilk, mix in, then add the remaining buttermilk
  5. 5
    Now mix in the flour 1 cup at a time for a smooth dough...the dough will be light and fluffy
  6. 6
    Using the scoop, place the cakes 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet (dough will spread)
  7. 7
    Bake for 10-12 minutes
  8. 8
    Remove from oven and cool for 3 minutes on the cookie sheet before removing to a rack or plate to cool completely
  9. 9
    Let the cakes cool to touch before glazing -also glazing is optional, these are great without the glaze too!
  10. 10
    Enjoy! ❤️❤️