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Grandma’s Southern Tea Cakes

These classic tea cakes pair perfectly with iced tea on a hot summer day!
Course Dessert / Treat
Cuisine Southern
Keyword Southern Tea Cakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author I Heart Recipes


  • 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.
  • ENJOY!!