Tea Biscuits Vintage Recipe

Basic Recipe 

Economy Recipes for Canada's HousoldiersFrom Economy Recipes for Canada’s “Housoldiers,” 1943
Yield – about 1 dozen biscuits

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup corn starch
4 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup lard or shortening
3/4 cup milk
A bit of flour for kneading


  1. Sift together the flour, corn starch, backing powder and salt.
  2. Cut in lard or shortening rather coarsely (until each little piece of flour-coated fat is about the size of a corn kernel).
  3. Make a well in centre of dry mixture and pour in milk all at once. Stir lightly with fork or knife, and turn onto lightly floured board and knead gently until smooth (about 20 minutes).
  4. Roll 1/2” thick and cut into desired shapes with lightly floured cutter.
  5. Place on lightly greased baking sheet and bake in a 450° oven for 12 to 15 minutes.

Tea biscuitsVariation 1 – Love Letters
Follow Basic Recipe. Roll 3/4” thick and cut into 3” squares with a sharp knife. Place 1 tsp corn syrup in the centre of each square. Fold each corner of square diagonally into the centre and press down until they stick in place. Bake as directed.

Variation 2 – Cheese Salad Rolls
Follow Basic Recipe. Roll into oblong 1/8 to 1/4” thick. Spears with softened cheese and roll up lengthwise. But in slices about 3/4” wide, and place in greased muffin tins. Bake as directed.