Weird Recipes From Yesteryear: Orange Coconut Tea Cakes

Once again Anna and I went to our big box of old recipes from the 40s.  As mentioned before, Anna bought these second hand, and we think they are from a church kitchen.  The last two recipes weren’t so great, and we wanted to make something edible this time.  This recipe was actually labelled as cookies, but they weren’t really.  They were much too cake-ish.  As soon as we started thinking about them as tea cakes rather than cookies, we liked them a lot more.  This is the first Weird Recipes from Yesteryear that were not only edible, but pretty good.  Put a little jam on them, and they are very enjoyable.

Orange Coconut Tea Cakes


1 cup sugar

3/4 cup shortening (we used butter)

3/4 cup orange juice

2 eggs

1 cup coconut

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda


Drop by spoonfuls.

That is the entire recipe.  We mixed the dry goods, then set aside.  We mixed the wet ingredients, and then mixed the dry ingredients into that.  Finally we added the coconut.  This is a pretty normal way to make cookies, so I am confident that is what the recipe intended.  As I said, they worked out well.  Just think of them as little cakes–not cookies.

Lucy loved them, and also threw them around quite a bit.