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
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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
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A quick tea time treat. Serve warm, buttered, and with jam or honey.

Mississippi Tea Cakes

Rating: 4.54 stars
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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
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'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
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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: 4.53 stars
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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
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Lovely little cookies that are perfect for formal parties.

Pumpkin Pie Muffins

Rating: 4.69 stars
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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.

English Tea Cucumber Sandwiches

Rating: 4.59 stars
75
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.

Fluffy Sour Cream Biscuits

Rating: 4.84 stars
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Fluffy and delicious.

Turmeric Coffee Latte

Rating: 4.73 stars
15
Spiced coffee to warm you up.

Old-Fashioned Lemon Pound Cake

Rating: 4.1 stars
20
This is an old recipe that my grandmother always made. It goes great with coffee and is quick and easy to make. Light lemon flavor that can be accompanied with a lemon glaze if desired.
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Inspiration and Ideas

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

Honey Bun Cake from Scratch

Rating: 4.6 stars
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I combined two recipes to get a homemade cake. Always get rave reviews when I make it. Drizzle vanilla glaze over the cake while warm.