Tea Cakes

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 10 min./batch


5 dozen

Updated: Sep. 15, 2023
I’ve baked many batches of cookies through the years, but family and friends tell me these southern treats are the best. The simple buttery flavor appeals to all.—Doris McGough, Dothan, AL


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture (the dough will be soft).
  2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake until the edges are golden brown, 7-8 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Nutrition Facts

1 tea cake: 74 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 54mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.