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Southern tea cake cookies are a classic Southern treat, known for their soft, cake-like texture and subtly sweet flavor. They’re perfect for enjoying with a cup of tea or coffee. Here’s a simple recipe you can try:


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • Additional sugar for sprinkling


  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream Butter and Sugar: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add Eggs and Vanilla: Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then add the vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
  4. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Alternate Mixing: Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in three parts, alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
  6. Form Dough: The dough will be soft. Scoop out spoonfuls of dough and drop them onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them a few inches apart.
  7. Flatten and Sugar: Use the back of a spoon or your palm to gently flatten each cookie to about 1/4-inch thickness. Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with granulated sugar.
  8. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are lightly golden.
  9. Cool and Serve: Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

These tea cake cookies are best enjoyed fresh but can be stored in an airtight container for a few days. They have a lovely soft texture and a slightly crisp edge with just the right amount of sweetness. Enjoy!

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