Southern Tea Cakes

Total Time:
30 min
20 min
10 min

6 to 8 dozen

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 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 should be soft. Roll dough out onto a floured surface until approximately 1/4-inch thick. Cut dough into desired shapes and bake on a slightly greased sheet for 10 to 12 minutes.

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    I LOVE THIS RECIPE!! I've made it several times for my nieces everytime they come over. This is the ONLY recipe they like.
    I made the recipe. The cakes are tasty, but I think they could have been better. The recipe's instructions are very poor- especially for the first-timer. Should the butter and sugar be creamed first before adding those ingredients to the flour and baking powder? Should the eggs be beaten first? Should the vanilla extract be added to the eggs or buttermilk before adding those ingredients.  
    should everything be combined with a mixer or in a blender? And how in the world would you get eight to ten dozen cakes out of this recipe? You would need to cut them out with a thimble. A picture of the finished product would help. Come on, Paula! You can go better than this.
    so yummy... I have been looking for a recipe that was like my Mom's or as close as possible. This is it. They are so wonderful and melt in your mouth. Yeah!
    They were delious.
    I remember helping my Grandmother make tea-cakes when I was real young.What was wrote down in her recipe book,which she never wrote out the full details to any of her recipes. The ingredients are
     1 cup crisco
     3 cups sugar
     1/4 cup buttermilk
     1tea spoon soda
     1tea spoon vanilla
     5 cups all pourpose flour
     4 eggs
     Cream lard and sugar
     Add eggs
     Sift and add flour
     Dissolve soda in milk then add then add vanilla
     That was all I had to go on, I never remembered rolling them out. But that was 40 years ago too. I tried to make these the other night just dropping a spoonfull on a sheet pan. They came out close but raw almost in the middle,when edges were brown.
      After reading your recipe it all came back to me. Thanks much Paula Deen,your a great inspiration. And hopefully will have alot more of these old southern favorites to share.
      Oh the last part of the recipe was bake at 350 for 9-12 min.
      Next I have to try and figure out her carmel icing recipe.
    Very Good! Extremely close to the ones I use to eat as a little girl. Good job Paula. My hubby suggested i use a touch of nutmeg though.
    This recipe was good but to add a special "Arkansas Southern" flavor try adding a pinch of nutmeg'' A trick from my Great-Great Grandmother.
    I thought the "taste" of tea cakes was lost forever then I found this recipe. HOORAY soo soo good. Ty Paula sooo much.
    Followed recipe to the tee...However very disappointed...they baked up very flat...Would not bake this recipe again...I really have always had good luck with Paula Deen's recipes and not sure what happened....It was new baking soda and new baking powder.
    This is the recipe I have been looking for all my life! My great grandmother used to make these and never could(or maybe would) give out the recipe right. Every since she died no one has had them quite like she used to make. I haven't eaten a decent tea cake since she was around. But I saw this recipe that sounded right on. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! 
    I even had my grandpa try them for me to see if they are like what he remembered. The only thing was that she made her's thinner and baked them until they were a light golden brown. I am so excited that my search for the perfect tea cake recipe is over.
    very very easy,they remind me of my grandmother,I am 69yrs young
    Haven't had tea cakes since I was a child. When I tried these, it was a nostalic experience. SO Good!
    Yes, I crave true Southern tea cakes. My aunt made them for me when I was young, and I never got her recipe. The closest I have ever come is a bakery and cafe in Franklin, TN. My son and his family lived there for 8 years, and I always had to go to that wonderful bakery and cafe, just off the downtown area, and fill up a bag to bring back to Texas with me. Truth be told, very few made it to the Texas border.
     Now, Paula has given me the recipe that is the closest to my aunt's and brings back wonderful memories. Not too sweet, thick and yummy. Maybe this is a Southern thing, don't know, but it shouldn't be. Everyone should try them and start making memories of your own.
     Thank you, Paula, and please keep the great Southern traditions of good food, family and fun so we can all keep enjoying our own comfort foods. Love ya!
    Great reminder of my mom's teacakes. Yum!
    All the receipes you make are wonderful and these are no eception, but the reason I am writing is to thank-you for featuring The Savannah Tearoom on this show. It brought back memmories for me of my mother and I when I was in my teens and we lived in Clolrado and there was a tea room in the Mall and we would go and have tea and sandwiches, just her and I. We live far apart now but those were good times and I hope we can make some new ones again, Thank you again. You are a very special person, God Bless You.
    This recipe is sooo easy to make. I use this dough for pie crusts and it is so good.
    We used to get these cookies after church in a big zip loc bag usually from one of the older ladies in the church and WE JUST LOVED THEM.....this recipe is easy and is very close if not the same in taste with the ones i remember.....SPRINKLE NUTMEG ON THEM AFTER BAKING like one of the memebers suggested...that brings the taste out even more!!!!!!!! THANKS PAULA U ROCK!
    I have been looking for a tea cake recipe forever that was like my Big Mama's and this is it. All of my family says it tastes just like hers. Thank you Ms. Paula
    Finally I can make Grandmother's tea cakes. I lost her when I was 11 and no one has her recipie. Thank you
    These Tea Cakes are definitely a hit!!
     they are truly southern, not too sweet just enough sugar to satisfy your taste buds and not interfere with the flavor of the tea you may be sipping.
    Easy, full of flavour and make a great impact along side a nice cuppa of tea.
     I sometimes garnished them with chocolate chunks or pecans or walnuts for that extra appeal and use cookie cutters for fun.
     They make great Easter peace Doves.
    Like Paula's cheese straws, these teacakes just really aren't that great. Basically, they are sugar (and not that great) with a fancy southern name. I tried cooking them a little & alot, but no big difference.
    This was my first time to make these tea cakes and they were wonderful. My mom makes them and I wanted to do some myself. I live in Atlanta and she lives in rural Alabama. They are so very good. I highly recommend this receipe.
    Paula Dean,
     You go girl. Your southern recipes are great and my family loves them!
    I thought the recipe worked out great. Tea cakes are not supposed to be very sweet. My family (everyone got together for Christmas) loved them. I put the dough in the frig for at least an hour so I don't have to add more flour to roll out the dough.
    the entire recipe is done in no time and you can refrigerate the little cakes until you are ready to use them and add the filling then. I used the aluminum foil holders and it made it look great. A great presentation.
    Excellent recipe. I am excited to cook more of Paula's recipes.
    I made this and took it to work and never had enough there was always someone who wanted one or one more
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