Cookbook:Holland Tea Cakes

Holland Tea Cakes
Category Dessert recipes
Servings 20 cookies
Time 30 minutes

Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes | Holiday Recipes | Dessert

Holland tea cakes are simple flat cookies. They are easy and quick to make. They are traditionally Christmas cookies but are good for any time. They last for a long time, so if you make too many they can be saved.


  • 1 cup (240 g) sugar
  • 1 stick butter, preferably melted
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups (280g) flour
  • 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon (more or less to taste)
  • Colored sugar or nuts for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Mix the butter and sugar until completely mixed. Add egg yolk and mix some more. Add flour and cinnamon and mix thoroughly preferably by hand (though this all can be done in a mixer if you insist).
  3. Pour batter into a cookie pan, spread over the whole pan use the palm of your hand to smooth the batter (this is the hardest part), and brush on leftover egg white.
  4. Add whatever toppings you want spread evenly across the batter (see below).
  5. Put cookie sheet in oven until cookies are golden brown (about 20 minutes). Remove, and let cool. Before they get too cool, cut them into small squares about 1 in by 1 in (2.5cm x 2.5cm).

Notes, tips, and variationsEdit

  • Egg substitutes can be used in place of the egg yolk, but you still need egg white for the topping.