Tea Cakes and Biscuits Recipes

Tea cake, tea biscuit, tea scone, and finger sandwich recipes are perfect for baking a little, not-too-rich, afternoon tea-time pick-me-up treat.

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Russian Tea Cakes I

Rating: 4.68 stars
This is a family recipe that's been made at Christmas time by at least 4 generations. This year will be the first for number 5!!! 'Bubba' brought it with her when she came from Lithuania. I pass it on in the true spirit of this season!

Tea Biscuits

Rating: 4.43 stars
A quick tea time treat. Serve warm, buttered, and with jam or honey.

Mississippi Tea Cakes

Rating: 4.54 stars
This is my mother's recipe, her mother's recipe, and so on... Basic, simple, down-home and delicious!! My grandmother's advice is to enjoy warm with a big glass of ice-cold milk!!! Poor folks' heaven!!!

Cream Tea Cakes

Rating: 4.45 stars
'Cream cakes' are not a specific item, but a term that refers to a variety of goodies served at tea. Scones, cakes, buns, and biscuits may be spread with cream and/or jam. Here's a Lake District recipe for 'Upland's Biscuits'. When cool, sandwich in pairs with raspberry jam. A dollop of clotted cream on top, a pot of strong tea, aahhh!

Raisin Tea Biscuits

Rating: 4.53 stars
Moist, lightly sweet biscuits are just perfect for breakfast or a cup of tea in the afternoon. This is as close as I could get to the store bakery version. My husband and kids loved these just as much as the store bought biscuits. We make a lactose free version with vanilla soy milk and margarine, but have made the milk variety for others. Recipe works perfectly in both options.

Grandma's Old Fashioned Tea Cakes

Rating: 4.54 stars
A soft teacake that is best when one to two days old. You can change flavors by substituting almond or lemon extract for the vanilla. Add a few drop of food coloring to dress up the dough for special occasions.

Russian Tea Cakes III

Rating: 4.68 stars
Lovely little cookies that are perfect for formal parties.

English Tea Cucumber Sandwiches

Rating: 4.59 stars
A refreshing and delicious sandwich. Depending on the way you cut the bread, these can be made as appetizers or a simple lunch time sandwich.

Chef John's Russian Tea Cakes

Rating: 4.72 stars
As the old joke goes, these Russian tea cakes might not be Russian, but at least they're not cakes. No one knows exactly how these came to be known as Russian tea cakes but, nevertheless, they are quite delicious.

Bannock II

Rating: 4.47 stars
This is a recipe from my friend - her Mom makes the best bannock ever using this recipe.

Scottish Oat Scones

Rating: 4.45 stars
These are delicious and won't last long.

British Bread Pudding

Rating: 4.51 stars
Bread pudding - the English variety, not to be confused with 'bread and butter pudding' - this is more like a spiced cake than a dessert.

Inspiration and Ideas

Irish Tea Cake
Rating: Unrated
"Wonderful flavor with simple ingredients! " – KimmyK
Russian Tea Cakes I
Rating: Unrated
Watch how to make these delicious Russian Tea Cakes.

Pumpkin Pie Muffins

Rating: 4.69 stars

I made this recipe this fall when I was craving something seasonal. After trying other recipes that just lacked that homey pumpkin-pie taste, I decided to make my own. It makes about 24 large muffins or 6 muffins and a loaf. Even though they last well in the refrigerator, you may want to halve the recipe for individuals or small families. Add some cream cheese frosting and they'd make great cupcakes.