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


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the egg and beat until well combined.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, alternating with the milk and vanilla extract.
  6. Mix until well combined and the dough forms a ball.
  7. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness.
  8. Use a cookie cutter to cut out round tea cakes and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  9. Bake the tea cakes for 12-15 minutes, or until they are lightly golden brown.
  10. Remove the tea cakes from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes.
  11. Transfer the tea cakes to a wire rack to cool completely.