Lottie Moon's Plain Tea Cake Recipe

From the Web site for Woman's Missionary Union (www.wmu.com):

As a way to earn the trust of the people and show her goodwill, Lottie Moon made tea cakes for the children in her village in China. Once the children ate the cookies, they would take Lottie to their homes where she would share the gospel with their mothers. The children began calling Lottie the cookie lady instead of foreign devil.

Plain Tea Cake

(As made by Lottie Moon)

Three teacups of sugar

One teacup of butter

One teacup of sour milk

Four pints flour

Three eggs, well beaten

Half a teaspoon of soda

Flavor to taste, roll thin, bake in a quick oven.

Adapted recipe: 2 cups flour

½ cup butter

1 heaping cup of sugar

1 well-beaten egg

1 tablespoon cream

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and mix well. Add the flour and cream. Dust a board with flour. Roll the dough very thin. Cut cookies with a round cookie cutter. Place on a buttered or nonstick cookie sheet. Bake at 475 degrees for about 5 minutes.