When I worked at Hernando Bank's branch in Horn Lake, Mrs. Wooten used to always bring tea cakes from the school cafeteria. Yes, I said school cafeteria! Those ladies were such good cooks & I ate many lunches there during my ten years working down the road! I never got her recipe, but was excited when Mrs. Sybil Crawford shared this one from her Nana.
Nana's Tea Cakes
1 cup sugar
1 stick oleo
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract (sometimes I use lemon extract)
2 cups plain flour
Cream sugar & oleo. Add vanilla, almond, & eggs. Sift dry ingredients and add a little at a time while beating. Pinch off small balls of dough, flatten with a fork. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.
You can also chill the dough to roll out or put through a cookie press.