Old Fashioned Tea Cake Cookies
Old Fashioned Tea Cake Cookies are a favorite here in the south. An old-fashioned recipe that’s a perfect treat for something sweet. These are by far our favorite cookies and are great for a snack, desserts, or even as a gift. They are made with just a few simple ingredients you probably have in your pantry–sugar, butter, eggs, oil, vanilla, flour and some odds and ends. So easy!
What Are Old Fashioned Tea Cakes
Southern tea cakes are buttery cookies that begin with a simple recipe. Tea Cake Cookies are small crispy cookies, baked till they are a golden brown. I bet you can’t eat just one-especially warm from the oven! I hope your family enjoys them as much as mine does and you make them a favorite in your own home.
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This is by far the best tea cake recipe around. This recipe belonged to my mother in law. She would make several big batches of these cookies every month. To say the least, they were a favorite among all of us.
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Shortly after I married (over 30 years ago), my husband was activated (he was in the Marines) and sent to the Gulf War. He spent the first six months of our marriage overseas in another country. During this time, I sent many care packages to him with mostly prepackaged foods and snacks. But my mother in law would always bake a big batch of Tea Cake Cookies and slip them into the box for him. Just a little taste of home. He always looked forward to these care packages, but mostly the tea cakes.
She passed away about 10 years ago, and her recipe has sat in a tin box until now. Over the weekend, I decided to get out her recipe and try my hand at making her Tea Cake Cookies. As you can see from the picture, the recipe is old, worn, and has been loved for many years.
The Tea Cakes were wonderful. They tasted just like my mother in law’s tea cake cookies. They certainly brought back a lot of sweet memories.
I know this recipe is at least 35+ years old. These Old Fashioned Tea Cake Cookies have been in our family for years and are still a favorite. I hope your family enjoys them as much as mine does.
Ingredients Needed for the Best Tea Cake Cookies
This traditional southern tea cakes recipe has been in my family for years. Southerners have a way of taking butter and sugar and turning it into a master piece. In this case, these cookies are perfectly crunchy simple cookies.
With just a few basic ingredients you can have these old fashioned tea cakes mixed and in the oven in no time.
Pure Vanilla Extract
Cream of Tartar
Instructions for Making Tea Cake Cookies
Although no electric mixer is needed, feel free to pull it out if so desired. This recipe is mixed by hand and so easy to do so.
In a large bowl, mix sugars, butter, oil, eggs, and vanilla.
In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients- flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cream of tartar. Stir well.
Slowly stir the flour mixture into the wet sugar mixture. Mix well.
Using a cookie scoop, dip out the dough and place on greased cookie sheets — space at least 2 inches apart.
With a fork, press gently to flatten the cookies. Bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until brown and crispy on the bottom. Cool slightly.
Tips for Making Southern Tea Cake Cookies
What to Serve with Old-Fashioned Tea Cakes
These tea cakes are paired perfectly with a glass of cold milk or a cup of coffee. Feel free to have a cup of tea with your cookies.
Where to Serve these True Southern Tea Cake Cookies
These cookies are a favorite in the deep south and are served for all occasions. Not only are they perfect for desserts, they have been served at baby showers, bridal showers, cookouts, gatherings, and anywhere you might serve cookies.
For another cookie option, try my Texas Sheet Cake Cookies. They are also a tasty treat.
How to Store Leftover Tea Cakes
Allow cookies to cool to room temperature. Store leftover cookies in an airtight container or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap. These are perfect for a (sealed) cookie jar and would be perfect as a gift.
For more Cookie Recipes, be sure to check out:
No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls
For More Southern Recipes:
Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes
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Old Fashioned Tea Cake Cookies
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 sticks butter melted
- 1 cup oil
- 2 Eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In a large bowl, mix sugars, butter, oil, eggs, and vanilla.
- In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cream of tartar. Stir well.
- Slowly stir the flour mixture into the wet sugar mixture. Mix well.
- Using a cookie scoop, dip out the dough and place on a greased baking pan — space at least 2 inches apart. With a fork, press gently to flatten the cookies.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until brown and crispy on the bottom.
Oh! These look and sound delicious! I’m going to Pin for later this month!
Yummy! There is just nothing like a warm tea cookie.
I agree! 🙂
Ohh, these look really yummy! I can almost smell their deliciousness! 🙂
They are super yummy!
My son has been begging me to make some cookies and this recipe looks great. I will be pinning it for later. I’m always on the lookout for new cookie recipes.
I believe he would approve of these cookies! 🙂
This seems pretty easy to make! Plus good with Earl Grey. Just have to get some cream of tartar.
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I love family recipes! They bring up so many wonderful memories. I’m glad you found the recipe! My 10 year old son is starting to bake more. These look like they would be super easy for him to try!
Yes, this would be a good starter recipe for him to try. Let me know how they turn out!
Those look amazing! My girls love to have tea parties and these would be perfect!
Yes, perfect for a tea party! 🙂
Oh wow, it is so beautiful to see your mother in law’s original handwritten recipe. The cookies sound delicous!
Yes, a treasure for sure! The cookies are so good!
I love that this is an old recipe. I have never tried this, I’d love to make them.
Let me know if you try them. They are great!
Theses look so yummy! I am going to make these this weekend!
They are easy! We have made them the past 3 weekends and they all seem to disappear during the week! 🙂
Can’t wait to try these. I love a simply delicious recipe! Those old recipes that have been passed down are always the best ones! Thanks for sharing it.
You are welcome!
I’ve never heard of tea cake cookies, but my son is a cookie connoisseur. I can’t wait ti make these with him over the holidays.
I believe he will love them! 🙂
I love tea cake cookies! They remind me of childhood! Thanks for sharing!
You are very welcome! Enjoy!
You had me when I saw your mother-in-law’s aged recipe with evidences of butter and sugar splattered thru the years of following it. I so enjoyed this. Thank you. I shall definitely be making Tea Cookies with my next batch.
Yes, I love old recipes. Her handwritten recipes are definitely ones I will always treasure.
These look delicious to have with my daily cup (or two) of tea!
How lovely to have that recipe handed down.
So easy and so delicious with each bite. Love them.
What a treasure – hand written recipes from years past. I have a few from my mother-in-law that we use. 😊 I will be making and sharing these tea cake cookies with some friends this weekend. Thank you for sharing your treasure. 💖
This cake cookies looks delicious. It is best to serve with hot tea
My daughter and I made these cookies, the texture and flavor was perfect.
This cookie recipe sounds fantastic. I would love to make this for my family. Thanks for sharing.
The personal touch to these tea cake cookies can really be felt in the post and in the recipe. Amazing treat. Thank you!
These tea cake cookies are scrumptious! Definitely won’t eat just one. May have to stop from eating all of them in one sitting.
These cookies look so delicious!! I can’t wait to make them and enjoy them in the afternoons with my daily cup of tea!
These cookies were delicious with my cup of tea. Tell your mother in law thanks to her recipe!
I can’t wait to make these tea cake cookies! They look so delicious and simple to make!
Loved these cookies, they turned out perfectly crispy and sweet. Great paired with a cup of hot tea.
This recipe looks very simple and delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe for your tea cakes. I’ll have to give them a try.
I need to try these cookies for my upcoming tea party!!! Bookmarking this easy old-fashioned tea cake cookie recipe now! Thanks so much.
Oh yum. These look so good. I will have to try them out. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Great recipe and instructions for making Old Fashioned Tea Cake Cookies. They look delicious and are the perfect treat. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!