Georgia Tea Cakes Recipe

Tea cakes have a buttery flavor and a wonderful cake-like texture.

This tea cake recipe is made with simple ingredients. It is a favorite cookie recipe because it is so simple to make and have a lovely buttery flavor and a cake-like texture. It's wonderful served with a cup of hot tea or, if you're like me, coffee!

I bake these cake-like cookies for the Christmas holiday season but they are perfect to serve year round. Simple change out the topping (colored sugars) or leave these sweet treats without any extra froufrou.

Close up view of perfectly delectable southern tea cakes

If you're looking for more easy dessert recipes this beautiful and tasty mint torte starts with a store bought pound cake but the end result looks like you slaved over it for hours and this peppermint mint brownie pie is made from scratch but is ready for the oven in under 15 minutes.

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😋 Why You'll Love This Recipe

Batch of tea cakes stacked on a red plate
  • No need to roll dough
  • Basic ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry
  • Gentle on your taste buds

🥐Ingredient List

stack of tea cakes decorated with red and green sugar on a red plate
  • sugar
  • butter
  • vanilla extract
  • egg
  • milk
  • self-rising flour
  • colored sugars for decorating (or powdered sugar for dusting!)

See recipe card for quantities.

📋Instructions

Southern tea cakes sprinkled with sugar and stacked on a shiny red plate

This is an overview of the instructions. The full recipe and instructions as well as nutritional information can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees f.
  • Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
  • Allow butter to come to room temperature.
  • Once softened cream butter in a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer or electric mixer.
  • Add vanilla extract, egg, and milk and mix ingredients well until smooth.
  • Gently combine flour with the butter mixture adding a little at a time until a stiff dough forms.
  • Drop cookie dough by teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets.
  • Place in oven on middle oven rack and bake cookies for 9 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and place cookies on trays on wire rack to cool.
  • Sprinkle with colored sugar will still warm or powdered sugar once cooled.

Hint: Center will be soft when cooled.

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🍽 Equipment

The following items will help you to make this recipe successfully.

🍱Storage

  • Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for one week. Cookies stay fresher longer if they are in a tightly sealed container.
  • These cookies can be frozen for three to four months. Wrap cookies tightly in plastic wrap to protect them from freezer burn.

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📖 Recipe

Georgia Tea Cakes ~ A Light and Sweet Tea Cake

Tea cakes have a buttery flavor and a wonderful cake-like texture.
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Southern tea cakes sprinkled with sugar and stacked on a shiny red plate
Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees f.
  • Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
  • Allow butter to come to room temperature. Once softened cream butter in a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer or electric mixer.
    ½ cup butter
  • Add sugar, vanilla extract, egg, and milk and mix ingredients well until smooth.
    1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 egg, ½ cup milk
  • Gently combine flour with the butter mixture adding a little at a time until a stiff dough forms.
    2 to 2 ½ cups self-rising flour
  • Drop cookie dough by teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets.
  • Place in oven on middle oven rack and bake cookies for 9 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and place cookies on trays on wire rack to cool.
  • Sprinkle with colored sugar will still warm or powdered sugar once cooled.
    Colored Sugars

As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 91IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Servings: 36 Cookies
Calories: 79kcal
Author: Mary Beth

 

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44 Comments

  1. Paula@SweetPea says:

    These sound so good and look so pretty topped with colored sugar. I know that they wouldn't last long at my house!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      They didn't last long here. I've got to be quicker about hiding a few for myself! Have a great weekend, Paula.

  2. Mary Beth, these look perfect! Especially with the colored sugar. Thanks for sharing! ~Jeanette

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Jeanette!

  3. They look beautiful! I used to have a recipe for tea cakes but seem to have misplaced it. Thanks so much for sharing this one!

    xo
    Pat

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Pat. Hopefully, this recipe will fill the bill for you. hugs, mb

  4. Christina says:

    Oh I love these kind of light simple cookies and they look so festive with sugar sprinkles- I'd love these with afternoon coffee!
    Cheers

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much,Christina. P.S. I did have some with afternoon coffee while the kids were playing and it was such a treat.

  5. These do look delicious - love tea cakes!
    Kathy

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Kathy!

  6. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    BEAUTIFUL cookies! Southern = doing things in a beautiful way! I'll have to try to be a little southern when I make them! YUMMY, y'all!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Yvonne! 🙂

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  10. Atta Girl Amy says:

    Yes! I'm always looking for a cookie to go with my coffee. These sound (and look) amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Deborah Wilkins says:

    Mary Beth:

    I want to try this recipe this weekend. Quick question - the cookies look frosted in the picture. Are they? If so, what kind of frosting? Merry Christmas and best wishes for a great 2014! Thanks!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi Deborah,

      The cookies are only sprinkled with sugar before putting them into the oven; no frosting at all. 🙂

      Merry Christmas to you as well and a Happy New Year!

      Mary Beth

  32. Maryann @ Domestically Speaking says:

    They look amazing Mary Beth!! I'm adding this to our baking list next week.

  33. The cakes look amazing!

  34. Linda Johnston says:

    That;s a new name for me for a favorite cookie any time of year. Now if our oven repair man can actually repair it with out ordering parts....

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I hope the repair man gets your oven working soon so you can enjoy your holidays! xo

  35. I'm so excited to try these! My Grandmother used to make these and they were my favorite - they were simply called Tea Cakes to her. We are from Georgia though 🙂 She didn't have anything as fancy as colored sugars, but she let us kids sprinkle regular ol sugar over them right out of the oven. SO YUMMY! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful memory with me! xo