Southern Tea Cakes are a delicious Southern tradition. Most Southerners remember them being made by their grandmothers. Check out an old fashioned tea cake recipe below.

Southern Tea Cakes

One of the best treats on the face of the earth is Southern Tea Cakes. Its a mix between a sugar cookie and shortbread. My grandmother made them and my mother makes them and now I make them. I generally only make them around Christmas time. With a frosting and some sprinkles they make an excellent Christmas cookie.

I remember as a child eating them at my grandmother’s house. She made them the old fashioned way in a wooden bowl and mixing the dough by hand. My mother did too except that over time she graduated to plastic bowls and a hand held electric mixer.

Tea cakes are heavenly. They aren’t too sweet, they are just right. They are moist and tasty and nothing is better than one that is warm right out of the oven. At Christmas I cook a bunch and in years past my kids and I would cut them into Christmas shapes and decorate them for Christmas cookies. We made some pretty creative Christmas tea cakes if I do say so myself!

Here’s an Old fashioned Tea Cake recipe if you’d like to try it.

Southern Tea Cakes Recipe
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 cups self-rising flour

Mix all ingredients together. Add enough flour to make a stiff dough. Roll out thin on powdered surface. If you want to do it the real old fashioned way, cut the dough with an empty jelly jar or you can cut with cookie cutters and put on a cookie sheet. Bake at 400 for 5-6 minutes.

Most of all, have fun!