Not to be confused with Sugar Cookies, Tea Cakes are a thing of their own. As with most Southern cooks and bakers, recipes were handed down through the generations by word of mouth. A pinch of this, a "scoop" of that. Tea cakes are no different. I got this recipe from a great baker long gone, Mrs. Virginia Carter. I was listening to her ingredients and instruction like a child listening to The Christmas Story on Christmas Eve. When she came to flour, she said, " add some flour" and mix. How much flour ? And to this she replied, " you'll know". And she was right. Cold winter days changes the amount. Dry days that in the Southern summer feel like you are the something in the oven just like the cookies adjust the flour amount as well. Tea Cakes are an art. A tradition. And traditions are meant to live on.