Southern Tea Cakes

Total Time:
32 min
20 min
12 min

6 to 8 dozen cookies

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour plus more for rolling
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl sift flour, baking soda, and baking powder together. Add remaining ingredients and blend well. Dough will be soft and wet. On a floured surface shape the dough into a disk, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Flour surface again and roll dough out until approximately 1/4 inch thick. Cut dough into desired shapes and bake on a slightly greased sheet pan for 10 to 12 minutes.

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cant wait to try the tea cakes!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE this recipe. I used real butter & organic eggs from my backyard chickens so I can say they're healthy! LOL. None of my family EVER made tea cakes & we're all Texans since the 1820's so my idea of "tea cakes" came from a Black buffet restaurant that used to be near my work. These are just perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ilove this recipe,my dad loves it to he is from the south! He is always telling this story about how he was A little boy his grandmother would make them, and when she was finished he would put 6 of them in each pocket and go outside, and tell his friends! lol item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this Southern Tea Cake recipe. It reminds me of a 1950's sugar cookie recipe I make all the time. It is a light, not too sweet recipe. I didn't even make the frosting. The tea cakes didn't need it. I took some of the other reviewers suggestions. The only modification I made was I added a 1/2 teaspoon of Almond Extract. They are just perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have look evreywhere for this tea cakes recipe now i have it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not sweet enough for my taste, but I think that's why everyone else loves them. The dough was really hard to work with, sticky and gooey. By the time I put so much flour on the board to work with them I think it changed the texture. However, my husband put them in the cookie jar for a day, they were nice and comforting he loves them also. I sprinkled red sugar sprinkles on top of them for Valentine's day. I gave my neice the recipe and she added allspice to the dough, nice. Very versitile. This receipe is a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i made paula deans tea cakes today they are out of this world!there is only one things bad about them they are sinful!best tea cakes i have had1 item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was a little disappointed on how these turned out. I used a small round cookie cutter, and they spread out and flattened out as they cooled. I chilled the dough over night. I also added about 1/2 tsp of grated nutmeg and was glad I did. The nutmeg really gave them good flavor. I made these for special occasion and they didn't look appetizing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been looking for my Grandmother's Tea Cakes for years but couldn't find one. When I saw this recipe I was quite sure but decided to give them a try. I saw another recipe from another website called Buttermilk Cookies that looked similar to this recipe and decided to combine the two. I used butter, 4 tea vanilla, buttermilk, 4 eggs, sugar, 4 tea baking powder, 2 tea soda, and the flour. I also added 1 tea almond extract and walnuts. It was excellent. My Husband loved them also. Thanks for bringing back the good memories. Val item not reviewed by moderator and published
these was very good. just needed to add more flavor item not reviewed by moderator and published

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