January 28, 2010

English Lemon Teacakes

Sweet-Tooth Thursday

When mother decided to bake treats, cookies and teacakes were her favorite and ours too. I don't remember having fancy tea parties as in 'high-noon', but she entertained her friends with coffee, tea and sweet treats like this one. One of my favorite cookies is her Tea Cake Cookie, a shortbread type she made the size of quarters. Buttery with just a hint of sugar and vanilla, it's still my favorite. This is a good one too, more cake-like than a biscuit with a wonderful lemony icing. Try it, along with a cup of tea. Enjoy!

English Lemon Teacakes
makes 8 1/2 dozen

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 1/4 cups sugar
6 eggs
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
3 cups all-purpose flour


1 cup butter, softened
6 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
4 to 6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
Yellow food color if desired

In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the lemon juice, extracts and lemon peel. Add flour; beat just until moistened.

Fill greased miniature muffin cups half-full for biscuits (or two-thirds full for cakes). Bake at 325° for 8-12 minutes (or 10-15 minutes for the fuller ones) or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

In a large bowl, combine the butter, confectioners' sugar, lemon juice, peel and enough cream to achieve desired spreading consistency. Add food coloring if desired. Dip tops of cakes into icing; place on waxed paper to dry.


  1. Mmmm...these look very delicious. I love the ingredients. Now I know why you like them. There's cream cheese in there! I can go without the icing though to cut down on the sugar and butter. Oh, do you have a Scottish Lemon Teacakes? :P

  2. I wish I have a plate of that and a pot of tea to enjoy right now.

  3. well now, I may just have to borrow this recipe for one of my teas.....hope you do not mind. I love lemons and the icing sounds yummy, I could just eat it with a spoon!

  4. I desperately want to dip one in my coffee right now! Is that gauche? Drick don't lie - you know when you were little you had tea parties with all of your stuffed animals and these tea cakes were the star! ; )

  5. these are so perfect for my afternoon tea, love the icing! sounds awesome....yummy

  6. These are lovely! I mean, erm.. exceedingly manly of course, but are still lovely.

    I am reading some Jane Austen at the present and these lemon tea cakes would pair nicely with some Earl Gray tea, a woodfire, and some Emma :o)

    Thanks so much for sharing, Drick!

  7. Does it get better than lemon with tea?? Great recipe!

  8. I can just those flavours. Sweet lemony, moist delights! Yum

  9. These sound WONDERFUL! I love lemon anything, so I know I would love these. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Please pass the tea and a giant plate of those tea cakes!

  11. I remembe my Great Grandmother making tea cakes and I still use her recipe today. It is so simple but with a cup of coffe they are the most divine treat. These have to be just as divine. Lemon is one of my favorite flavors.

  12. That is wonderful. I love the lemon scent occupying the room. Let's have some tea some time.