Country Recipe: Old-Fashioned Tea Biscuits

(From Vinnie Ann “AJ” Jackson)

Grandaddy Edwards (my mom’s papa) would place these cookies in a sealed jar with a few slices of apple to keep them soft. They would pick up a slight apple flavor. I grew up on these cookies just like all my aunts, uncles, and cousins. There was a bunch of us. Looking back, I think Mama and Grandmama always made this recipe because it makes a lot of cookies.

Old-Fashioned Tea Biscuits

1/2 cup shortening

2 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 cup sour milk*

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

7 cups flour

Mix and roll out 1/2 inch thick, and cut out cookies with a biscuit cutter. Bake at 375̊ on a greased cookie sheet until lightly browned.

*To make sour milk: add 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to one cup milk and let stand for 5 minutes.

Make a batch and let us know how they turn out for you.


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