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Making Lottie Moon tea cakes

Lottie Moon constantly wrote letters but also kept incredibly details records of her experiences and often her recipes. (Photo courtesy of

FENTON, MI – Lottie Moon dedicated her life to the people of China, living out the Good News before them. It was seldom easy living in a vastly different culture and little support, but she always found a way to be faithful. Her early efforts have paved the way for thousands of missionaries since and one of those is how she provided a blessing which in turn opened a door.

As a way to earn the trust of the people in China, Lottie Moon made tea cakes for the children in her village. She would then be invited into homes where she could share the gospel with their mothers. The children began calling Lottie “the cookie lady.”

Plain Tea Cake (As made by Lottie Moon)

  • 3 teacups of sugar

  • 1 teacup of butter

  • 1 teacup of sour milk

  • 4 pints flour

  • 3 eggs, well beaten

  • 1/2 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.

Contact Sue Hodnett,, your state WMU director for LMCO Week of Prayer guides and Lottie Moon Offering Envelopes. Visit the International Mission Board website, to learn more about Lottie and the missions of Southern Baptists worldwide.

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