Mrs. Elsie was my mother-in-law. I was fortunate enough to meet her and get to know her for a couple of years before she passed away, just short of her 90th birthday.
She was a petite fireball in her day and raised 8 children as proof of just how tough she was. My husband is the youngest of her children but not the last in this family’s lineage. There are over 100 descendants of Lee and Elsie Johnson. A big, beautiful family, of which I am happy to be a part.
After Mrs. Elsie passed away, my sisters-in-law came across this recipe and were sweet enough to share it with me. It was one of my husband’s favorites growing up, so I was anxious to try it out and carry Mrs. Elsie’s memory forward. Now it’s one of my favorites as well!
Mrs. Elsie’s Tea Cakes
- 2 1/2 sticks butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 4 cups self-rising flour
- 2 t Vanilla Butter & Nut flavoring
Preheat oven to 350 deg. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar together until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Slowly add flour to mixture, constantly mixing on low. Add flavoring.
Flour hands and roll dough into 2 inch balls. (Dough should be the consistency of play-dough). Form into cookies and add to pre-greased cookie sheet.
Bake 16-22 minutes, depending on oven. Cool and serve.
Easy and delicious about sums it up. This recipe makes approximately 4 dozen, so it’s great for parties or to send out as gifts. (Note: I also use these as the basis for tiramisu instead of store-bought ladyfingers.)