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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    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!
    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
    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.
    I have look evreywhere for this tea cakes recipe now i have it.
    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.
    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
    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.
    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.
    these was very good. just needed to add more flavor
    My great grandmother used to make tea cakes for us when we were little. She lived about an hour away and we would go to her house for every holiday. Us kids always looked forward to the big jar of tea cakes we knew would be there!
     These tea cakes are a wonderful reminder of those times!
    Well I was fooled by the reviews of those who made this particular Tea Cake. This tea cake lacked taste so I added nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice to the dough for more flavor and even a little almond abstract. With these added ingrediance, It still lacked that taste that I loved growing up. Instead of a "Yum" as Paula Dean says, this is tea cake is more of a dud. I guess I set my expectations to high on this one.
    Very good, I even added a lemon extract!
    I made these cookies to give away to my colleagues at work and they were a huge hit. I added some ginger, nutmeg, and a dash of cinnamon to the mix and they were fabulous. My husband said that they reminded him of some of the treats he used to have back in Jamaica. Very moist and great with a spot of tea.
    great for brunch
    A local bakery calls these Pennsylvania Dutch sugar cookies. Once I tasted them, I was on a mission to copy. This recipe turned out excellent. I hate to roll dough, but this really did go smoothly. A little buttercream frosting and oh my goodness......I will never make regular sugar cookies again.
    i'm planning to serve these at a spring luncheon in april and made them in advance to make sure they were tasty. i was not disappointed. the cookies were very easy to make and stayed soft for up to four days. i followed some of the reviewers' recommendations and added a little cinnamon.
    Love love paulas show and her cooking, but i have a bone of contention to pick with her over the southern tea cake recipe. As an afican american southern girl, my mother and grandmother always added some nutmeg and or all spice to their recipe for tea cakes. Still love your show paula!!!
    This recipe came out as good if not better than the tea cakes my greatgranmother, grandmother and mother have made for years! Perfect cookie....not too sweet...just right!
    The taste was excellent, but I would recommend adding a little cinnamon and nutmeg for extra flavor. The dough was very sticky and hard to work with and it didn't rise as high as I thought after baking. It would probably by easier to skip the dough rolling part and just scoop balls of dough onto the cookie sheet with a spoon.
    These are great, just like I remember my Grandmothers.
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