Light Fluffy & Buttery Tea Cakes… Just Like Grandma used to make!
When I was younger, my mom used to always tell me how my great grandmother made the best southern tea cakes. Unfortunately, my grandmother passed when I was a young child and my mom never gotten the recipe . I’ve been on a mission for over 10 years ( without my mom even knowing) to find a recipe that came close to grandmothers! I’ve searched the internet, I’ve asked people, I did whatever I had to do to resurrect my grandmothers recipe.
This recipe is actually super easy, and calls for basic ingredients. I usually use my stand mixer when I make the tea cakes, simply because It makes a huge batch of cookies ( approximately 24-36 tea cakes depending on how big you want them!). You can definitely use a stand mixer or whatever else works for you!
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Grandma’s Southern Tea Cakes
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup buttermilk OR Sour milk 1/2 cup milk & 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Place your flour into a large bowl. Along with the flour add the baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. Sift the ingredients until well combined, then set the bowl to the side.
- In a separate large bowl, place the butter and butter flavored shortening. Cream the two ingredients together.
- Add the granulated sugar along with the butter and shortening, and mix until well combined, then add in the eggs.
- Next, add in the Buttermilk / Sour milk , and the vanilla extract. Mixed until all of the wet ingredients are well combined.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients along with the wet.
- Once the all of the ingredients are well combined, and the cookie dough has formed, flour a flat surface, and roll out the dough using a roll pin.
- Cut out the desired shapes for the cookies / tea cakes, and place them on wax paper.
- Chill the dough in the refrigerator in the freezer for 10 minutes.
- Place a baking mat on your cookie sheet ( or skip the baking sheet, it's up to you) , and spray it with baking spray.
- Place the tea cakes on the cookie sheet, leaving at less 1 inches between each cookie.
- Bake the tea cakes on 350 F, for 7-8 minutes.
- Remove the tea cakes from the oven, place them on a cooling rack until they are cool to the touch.