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How about some Butter Pecan Tea Cakes! So, what makes a cookie a cookie and a tea cake… a tea cake? That all depends on where you live! According to Google and Wikipedia, “A teacake in England is generally a light yeast-based sweet bun containing dried fruit, typically served toasted and buttered.[1] In the U.S., teacakes can be cookies or small cakes. In Sweden, they are soft, round, flat wheat bread made with milk and a little sugar and used to make buttered ham or cheese sandwiches. In India and Australia, a teacake is more like a butter cake. Tea refers to the popular beverage to which these baked goods are an accompaniment.”

Because of this description, I have decided that this recipe should be dubbed Butter Pecan Tea Cakes. They are melt in your mouth good and absolutely perfect with a hot cup of tea. When I make these, the first thing I want to do is make my tea ( I like Twinings, Earl Grey), grab a good book, and go curl up in my comfy chair under a warm lap throw. It is a very fancy feeling.

Butter Pecan Tea Cake Recipe
Butter Pecan Tea Cakes

Butter Pecan Tea Cakes

Recipe by Simply Maurie KayCourse: DessertDifficulty: Easy


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  • 2 sticks butter (softened)

  • 3 Tablespoons sugar

  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup

  • 2 cups of All-Purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans

  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a mixing bowl, use a hand or stand mixer and mix the 2 sticks of softened (room temp) butter, the 3 Tablespoons of sugar, and the 1/4 cup of light corn syrup until creamy.
  • Slowly (1/2 cup at a time) mix in the 2 cups of flour and then mix in the 1/2 teaspoons of salt.
  • NOTE: The mixture will be crumbly.
  • Next, take a spatula or a large spoon and stir in the 2 cups of finely chopped pecans.
  • As you stir, the mixture should stick together some.
  • Using your hands, roll the “dough” into 1 inch balls and place them on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with baking spray.
  • Bake in the 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.
  • When done, roll teas cakes in the 1/2 cup of powered sugar.

If you love a good cookie check out another one of my favorites, Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies.


Maurie Kay

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