Prepare the Dry Mix: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.

Cream Butter and Sugar: In your mixer's bowl, beat the butter and sugar on high speed until fluffy and smooth, about 4-5 minutes.

Incorporate Egg and Vanilla: Lower the mixer to medium speed, adding the egg and vanilla extract. Beat until well mixed.

Combine with Dry Ingredients: Switch the mixer to low speed. Gradually add the flour mixture in three batches, beating well after each addition until the dough is well blended.

Chill the Dough: Transfer the dough into a Ziploc bag and refrigerate for at least one hour to firm up.

Preheat and Prep: When ready to bake, preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Shape the Cookies: Scoop out dough using a measuring tablespoon, roll it into balls, and slightly flatten each with your thumb. Place them on the prepared tray, leaving about 1 1/2 inches of space between each.

Bake: Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the tray for 5-10 minutes before serving.


Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature for better mixing.

Store your Southern Tea Cake Cookies in an airtight container at room temperature to keep them fresh for up to a week.

For longer storage, freeze the tea cakes. Ensure they are tightly wrapped to enjoy them for up to three months.

These Southern Tea Cake Cookies offer more than just a treat; they're a journey through the flavors and hospitality of the South. Whether enjoyed with a cup of tea or as a sweet snack, they're sure to bring warmth and comfort to any moment.