Grandma’s Special Tea Cookies

My Granny made the best iced sugar cookies that I’ve ever tasted.  She rolled them paper thin and coated them with a thin glaze of icing.  I haven’t perfected the rolling paper thin part, but even rolled thicker, these cookies are quite delicious.

We had supper club on Saturday night and I wanted to take the hostess something other than the usual bottle of wine.  She (and Mr. SP) are University of Wisconsin alumni, so I decided to make some Badger themed cookies for a gift.

Grandma’s Special Tea Cookies

Sift Together:

2 1/4 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup confectioners sugar

Cut in… cup soft butter until mixture resembles coarse meal

Beat….one egg until light

Sprinkle….2 T of the beaten egg and 2 tsp vanilla over mixture; blend well and form into a ball.  Chill.

Roll out…..on a floured pastry cloth or board 1/3 at a time to 1/8” thickness.

Cut….into desired shapes with a cookie cutter.  Place on ungreased baking sheets.  (I use parchment.) 

Bake…at 400 degrees for 4 – 6 minutes.  Watch closely! 


I ran out of time before supper club, so Mr. SP had to do the decorating.


Look at the faces he gave Bucky Badger!!


I put some Bucky Badgers on one plate and the W’s on another.



I put them in plastic bags and used double stick tape to stick on a coordinating bow.  Nicole loved them!


The rest of the cookie batch were fall and Halloween themed cookies.IMG_1241



They look pretty on an amber colored cake stand.


Mmmm…….These cookies are seriously good and quite dangerous.  Once you eat one, you want one more, and one more.  I think you get the picture!


Be sure to visit Jen at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam for this week’s collection of recipes.


  1. Didn’t every grandmother have a tea cookie like this? I’ve never mastered my grandmothers. As I read your recipe I wonder, is this is? Maybe I’ll try it.

    The difficult thing with anything my grandmother made was that she never had a recipe written down. And she couldn’t really tell you. My Mother cooks the same way. I guess when you cook everyday you can do that.

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