Cookie, Cake and Other Tea Party Recipes

Offer your guests the special cookie recipe just below. These petit one bite treats are perfect for a tea party. Another great benefit of using this recipe is that they freeze well. However, there is no guarantee they will still be in the container when you open it. So keep it under wraps or your family will not be able to resist them.


KitchenAid 5-qt. Artisan Stand Mixer, Whitekitchenaid mixer

Wafer Cookies

•1 cup soften butter
•1/3 cup whipping cream
•2 cups flour


Mix the above ingredients together well. I find that using my hands works best
Separate the dough into three sections, cover and refrigerate until cold

Heat the oven to 375 degrees

After the dough is chilled well, roll one section of the dough on a floured surface to about 1/8th inch thickness

Cut into 1 1/2 inch circles
Coat another surface such as waxed paper with sugar
Place each round on the sugar and then turn over to coat the other side
Transfer the rounds onto an ungreased cookie sheet
With a fork pierce each one 3 or 4 times
Finish the other two sections of dough the same way

Bake about 9 minutes until cookies set, but are not brown
Cool and then put filling (find recipe below)on one cookie and cover with another to make a wafer

Filling recipe #1

•1/4 cup soft butter
•3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
•1 teaspoon vanilla


Mix well until fluffy
It may be necessary to add a few drops of water
You may want to color with food coloring

Filling recipe #2

•1/2 cup butter
•1/2 cup Crisco
•1 cup sugar
•3/4 cup scalded milk cooled slightly but still warm enough to dissolve the sugar
•1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Mix first three ingredients
Beat well with a mixer - (I use a kitchenaid)
Add the milk 1 tablespoon at a time then add the vanilla
The frosting will become very fluffy and soft peaks will form

The original recipe recommended the first filling. I always use the second filling, either one is fine.

 Note: The second filling recipe is an excellent butter cream frosting for your cakes. It has that Bethel Bakery style (my Pittsburgh readers will understand and appreciate this)

My thanks to Haley George, my niece, for this great cookie treat. This is a favorite of kids who also love making them. Remember to make memories with your children and your grandchildren.

Pretzel sandwiches

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pretzel sandwich

Heat the oven to 350 degrees
1 bag of small square pretzels
1 bag of Hershey kisses, any flavor


Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
Place square pretzels in a layer on the baking sheet
Place one Hershey kiss on each pretzel
Put in the oven just until the chocolate softens, about 40 seconds
Remove the pretzels from the oven and place another pretzel on top to make a sandwich
Move the sandwiches to a plate or other container
Let them cool before serving

From cookies to other tea party recipe treats

Our thanks to Diane Carbo of North Wales Pennsylvania for the following recipe.

Struffoli (tiny honey covered fritters)

3 ½ cups all purpose flour
6 egg yolks
6 eggs
Grated zest of 2 oranges and 1 lemon
½ tsp sea salt
2 T lemon juice
4 cups canola oil, for frying
2 cups orange blossom honey
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Sprinkles for garnish


In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, egg yolks, eggs, zests, salt and lemon juice
Mix well to form a firm dough
Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes
Remove dough from fridge and cut into golf ball size pieces
Roll into the palm of your hands into a bal.
Repeat with the remaining dough

Heat the oil in a 12 to 14 inch skillet with at least a 3 inch sides (or use a deep fryer)
Make the oil very hot
These will puff up while cooking, so allow space between balls
Drop balls into pan to cover about half of the surface and cook until golden brown
Use a slotted spoon to turn them regularly
Remove when cooked and place on a tray covered with paper towels
This will make about 60 balls

When all the struffoli are cooked, heat the honey, lemon juice and zest in a saucepan until warm and runny, not thick

Add the struffoli and stir carefully until well coated
Remove from heat and allow to cool 5 minutes turning to make sure all the balls are coated

Pour out onto a large serving tray in the form of pyramid or display as a single layer
Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar or sprinkles for garnish
These can last a week or as long as your guest will allow

Note: For a tea party place a few of the Struffoli in a cup cake liner or very small dish if plated with other goodies. It is perfectly ok to serve them on their own plate as well.

My mother's rum balls, sent in by Beverly Hess of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Thanks Sis

Our Mom's favorite no bake cookie she made for special occasions.

Brandy Balls

2 cups crushed graham crackers
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup Rum or Brandy
1 lb walnuts crushed or ground
Powdered sugar


Mix first four ingredients well and roll into balls
Roll in powdered sugar
keep them fresh in an air tight container
When ready to serve, re-roll in powdered sugar each time you serve them

Note: I have a tupperware powdered sugar dispenser. I'm thinking that is what I would use when needing to add powdered sugar. (unfortunately tupperware no longer makes it) A baking sifter would work just as well.

Cookies, other tea party recipe treats and now cakes

Mom's special cake recipe compliments of both of her daughters. Nancy Omeis and Diane Carbo, thanks to both of you.

Red Cake

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Red Cake
1 cup shortening                                           1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cup sugar                                              1 tablespoon vinegar       
2 eggs                                                          1 teaspoon baking soda
2 oz red food coloring                                     
2 Heaping Tablespoons cocoa

2 ¼ cup cake flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk


Heat oven to 350 degrees

Cream sugar, shortening and eggs
Make paste of red food coloring and cocoa, and add to cream mixture
Mix flour and salt in a bowl, then add to cream mixture – alternating with buttermilk

Add vanilla
In a separate bowl add soda to vinegar, then blend into cream mixture
Pour batter into two 8 inch greased pans

Bake 24 to 30 minutes until toothpick comes out clean from center of cake

Whip Cream Frosting

1 cup butter                                                 2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup Crisco                                                2 small cans carnation milk –(5 oz size)
2 teaspoons vanilla                                       (canned milk should be ice cold)
2 teaspoons almond extract                    


Mix all together at one time and beat until sugar has dissolved
Mixture will look sour at first
Icing must be kept cold or it starts to break up

Directions to put cake together

Split each layer in half
Place first layer on your favorite cake dish
Frost the top
Repeat with other 3 layers

Frost entire cake

Cake must be kept in refrigerator until ready to serve


Here's a tea party recipe that comes in handy when you don't have time to bake a cake from scratch.

Karen Hess of Whitehall Pennsylvania has submitted this quick and easy recipe.

Strawberry Jello Cake

1 Pkg Strawberry cake mix
1 Cup boiling water
1 Pkg Strawberry banana flavor jello
1Pint strawberries cut in strawberry glaze
1 8 oz container of cool whip (I would use real whipping cream and vanilla)


Prepare cake according to package directions. Use a 9 x 13 pan. Cool 5 minutes.

Stir boiling water into dry gelatin mix until dissolved, add 1/2 cup of cold water. Spoon over the cake. Refrigerate over night.

To serve cut into squares top with strawberries in glaze and cool whip.

Note: I would make my own whipped cream which is so easy to do. Just beat 1 cup of whipping cream with 1 teaspoon of vanilla until peaks form. Chilling you mixing bowl and beaters first will produce a rich thick cream.


Karen Hess has given us another quick and easy recipe for a tea party cake. You can see from the picture it makes a nice presentation. Your guests will think you worked for hours to produce this tasteful beauty.

Strawberry Angel Cake

tea party recipe cake 1 can crushed pineapple with some of the juice
1 Cup thawed cool whip whipped topping
1 Purchased Angle Food Cake (10 oz size)
1 Pint fresh strawberries


Mix dry ingredients and pineapple in medium bowl. Gently stir in whipped topping. Cut cake horizontally into three layers.
Place bottom cake layer on serving plate, top with one third of the pudding mixture.
Add a layer of sliced strawberries. Repeat with two more layers.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

 Note: To cut the cake. Mark cake by inserting toothpicks half way down the side of the cake and all the way around it. Cut a length of dental floss or fine but strong thread long enough to lay on the toothpicks all the way around leaving extra length to hold onto. Gently pull the floss. It will slice through quite easily.

Share your tea cookie recipes with us and all the other baked goods you are known for.

Wafer cookie recipe
Pretzel sandwiches
Struffoli recipe
Brandy Balls recipe
Red Cake recipe
Strawberry Jello Cake
Strawberry Angel Cake

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