My maternal grandmother used to make tea cakes. They looked a lot like the ones in the picture, but she didn't draw a happy face on them.
The tea cakes were a cross between a cake and a cookie. I loved them. She kept them in a tin on top of the refrigerator.
I suppose our English ancenstors ate these little cakes at tea time in the afternoon. That was such a nice respite. When our foremothers came to America, they brought the recipe with them.
This day and time, a formal tea time doesn't exist. I've looked into fancy restaurants who offer a High Tea in Houston. Most are expensive, but they sure look elegant. Here's a link to some of the best in Houston. High Tea in Houston
I gave a tea party last May and invited a few friends. I ask everyone to wear a hat, and I gave prizes to ladies who did. The prize was an English tea cup. Sort of like the one picture below.
Here's the recipe for my grandmother's tea cakes. Let me know if you make them!
1/2 cup butter
1.5 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup flour
Pinch of salt
1/2 baking soda
Mix all ingredients together. Chill mixture for at least 2 hours. Roll dough into 1/8 inch thickness. Sprinkle with sugar. Cut into small cakes. Bake at 375 degrees for 7 to 8 minutes.