Old Fashioned Southern Tea Cakes are a classic Southern treat that are perfect for enjoying with a cup of tea or coffee. They are lightly sweetened and have a tender texture that is similar to a sugar cookie. This recipe is easy to make and can be customized with different shapes or sizes of cookie cutters. Serve the tea cakes as a dessert or snack, and enjoy the taste of Southern hospitality.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 12-15 minutes
- Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the egg and beat until well combined.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, alternating with the milk and vanilla extract.
- Mix until well combined and the dough forms a ball.
- Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness.
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out round tea cakes and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake the tea cakes for 12-15 minutes, or until they are lightly golden brown.
- Remove the tea cakes from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes.
- Transfer the tea cakes to a wire rack to cool completely.