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Georgia Tea Cakes

This is an easy, simple, and delicious Christmas Cookie recipe. Georgia Tea Cakes are buttery, light, and airy.

Simple and Easy Christmas Cookies

Buttery and Delicious Georgia Tea Cakes

If you're looking for a simple and easy Christmas Cookie that tastes delicious, too, this is it! 

I know Christmas is right around the corner in my house when I start my Christmas Baking.

Decadent treats are amazing but sometimes, you just want a little something that's not quite as dense as shortbread but still with a buttery flavor and something that's not too heavy or sweet.

Georgia Tea Cakes|Cookies|Christmas Cookies

You want something a little lighter.  If that's the kind of cookie you're looking for then Georgia Tea Cakes are the answer.  When I made these the other day my oldest son said it wasn't what he was expecting but that that was a good thing. He said it wasn't overwhelmingly sweet and he didn't feel like he needed to stop with just one.  I like them with coffee, the kids like them with milk and I'm pretty sure Santa would like them as well.

Light and buttery George Tea Cakes - Christmas Cookie Recipes from www.cupcakesandcrinoline.com

 *Adapted from Have Yourself a Homemade Christmas

Georgia Tea Cakes ~ A Light and Sweet Christmas Cookie

This is an easy, simple, and delicious Christmas Cookie recipe. Georgia Tea Cakes are buttery, light, and airy.
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Georgia Tea Cakes|Cookies|Christmas Cookies
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:30 mins



  • Mix together sugar, butter, vanilla, egg and milk.
  • Stir in enough flour to make a stiff dough.
  • Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets; sprinkle with colored sugar.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 9 to 10 minutes.
  • Center should be soft when cooled.

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.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 231mg | Sugar: 6g
Servings: 36 Cookies
Calories: 110kcal
Author: Mary Beth
I look forward to baking these every year and my family looks forward to eating them. 

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  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!


    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!

    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!

    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