Southern Tea Cake Cookies

Savour the charm of Southern Tea Cake Cookies! With the essence of nutmeg, richness of butter, and hints of vanilla, these classic treats crafted from flour, sugar, egg, and a sprinkle of salt and baking soda will transport your taste buds straight to the heart of Dixie!


  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 stick unsalted butter room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

How To Make Southern Tea Cake Cookies

  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, add butter and sugar and mix together on high speed until fluffy and smooth (about 4-5 minutes).
  3. Turn mixer to medium speed and add in one egg and vanilla extract and beat until well incorporated.
  4. Lastly, turn mixer to slow speed and add in flour mixture in intervals of three beating after each addition to incorporate.
  5. After dough is well mixed, turn off mixer and remove dough from mixer and add to a Ziploc bag and place in your refrigerator for at least one hour to firm up dough.
  6. Once dough is firm, remove from fridge and preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  7. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Taking a measuring tablespoon, scoop out cookie dough the size of the tablespoon and roll into a ball. Using your thumb, gently press the center to flatten a bit and place on the tray.
  9. Do the same for the rest of the dough leaving at least an 1 1/2 inches between each dough ball.
  10. Bake for 9-11 minutes until golden brown on the edges and remove from the oven.
  11. Cool for 5-10 minutes and serve.


Remember to make sure your ingredients are room temperature.   They will incorporate much better and create a wonderful well mixed dough.

To keep your Southern Tea Cakes tasting just as amazing as the day they were baked, store them in an airtight container at room temperature; they’ll stay fresh for up to a week.

If you want to preserve their delightful texture for a bit longer, you can also freeze the tea cakes; just make sure they’re tightly wrapped and they’ll be good for up to three months.

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