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Saturdays and Teacakes


A boy pedals his bike through town, passing familiar landmarks like the bank and the gas station, until he reaches his grandmother's house. He spends his Saturdays baking and feasting on his Mammaw's special teacakes.

Math, Kitchen and the Classroom:
Have students bring an apron from home. Compare a dozen eggs vs. 1/2 dozen. Use spoons to measure a teaspoon of vanilla. Use a measuring cup for 3/4 cup of flour. Use a stick of butter to calculate fractions. Knead the dough, notice the texture when kneading after 5 minutes. Break the dough in groups of tens. Roll out the dough and shape into triangles, squares, circles.



  • 2 sticks margarine
  • 3-1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 teaspoons of vanilla
  Blend margarine and sugar until creamy.

Add eggs and blend.


Add flour, then vanilla and blend.


You can mix the ingredients with a fork, potato masher or a long wooden spoon.



Gather the mixture into a loose ball and sprinkle lightly with flour.



Kids can have fun with fractions to figure out how many teacakes will go on each row.




Lightly flour the surface you’ll use for rolling, then knead to form a dough. .




Next remove about half of the dough onto the cutting surface and roll it out with a rolling pin (or a soda can) to a thickness of about 1/4 inch.

Cut circles in the dough with a tea cup, glass, or cookie cutter about 2-3 inches in diameter. (Dip the rim of the cup in flour between cuttings to prevent the dough from sticking.)




Place the circles on a baking sheet that has been lightly buttered or use a nonstick baking sheet.

Set the cookies about 1 inch apart on all sides. Sprinkle sugar lightly over each cookie



Repeat for the second half of the dough. (Refrigerate the dough if it will sit for more than ten minutes. Chilled dough is easier to roll out and cut.)

Place the cookies in the preheated 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes.


The cookies are done when they are lightly browned. Remove them from the oven and let them cool a little before you lift them off the baking sheet.

Jam is optional. Enjoy!


Visit for a printable version of Mammaw Thompson's delicious teacakes recipe.

TRIVIA:  In southeastern United States, a teacake is a traditional cookie, similar to a sugar cookie.  Teacakes is usually accompanied by tea within a region, but can be applied loosely to any kind of pastry that is sturdy enough to be picked up with the fingers. 



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