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Tea Cake Cutouts



  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Sugar or colored sugar crystals


  1. Cream butter; gradually add sugar, beating well at medium speed of an electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flavorings, and beat until blended.
  2. Combine flour and baking powder; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Mix just until blended after each addition. Divide dough into 4 equal portions; wrap each portion in plastic wrap.
  3. Chill for at least 2 hours.
  4. Work with one portion of dough at a time, and store remainder in refrigerator.
  5. Roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness on a well-floured surface. Cut with a 2 1/2-inch shaped cookie cutter, and place on greased cookie sheets. Decorate with sugar, if desired.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees F for 5 to 6 minutes or until edges brown. Cool.

Makes 60.

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