Pecan Tea Cakes
We combined two classic Southern favorites—pecans and tea cakes—to make one irresistible cookie. If you're a fan of pecan Sandies, you'll love these. Even though they are called cakes, tea cakes are really old-fashioned cookies made with pantry staples—butter, eggs, sugar, and flour. Some recipes will use vanilla extract while others call for almond or lemon flavorings. Like a lot of heirloom recipes, no one can say for certain where or by whom the recipe was invented. Somewhere a frugal homemaker, using the few ingredients she had available, created a sweet treat to serve in the afternoon. We gave our variation a Southern spin by adding toasted pecans. Perfect as is with a cup of tea or glass of cold milk, bump up the flavor by spreading your favorite fruit jam onto the cookie.