Grandma's Tea Cakes

Grandma's Tea Cakes Recipe
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck


Makes about 6 dozen
Total time: 1 Hour, 35 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 30 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 35 Minutes


1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup cane syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3 large eggs
4 1/2 cups self-rising flour
Parchment paper


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add cane syrup and next 2 ingredients, beating just until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Gradually add flour, beating at low speed just until blended after each addition. Drop dough by rounded spoonfuls 2 inches apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets, using a small cookie scoop (about 1 1/4 inches).

2. Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes or just until edges begin to turn golden brown. Cool on baking sheets on wire racks 1 minute; transfer to wire racks. Cool completely (about 15 minutes). Store in airtight containers 1 week.

Pecan Tea Cakes: Stir 1 1/2 cups chopped toasted pecans into dough after adding flour in Step 1.

Snickerdoodle Tea Cakes: Stir 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon into flour before adding to butter mixture in Step 1. Stir together 2/3 cup sugar and 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon in a shallow dish or pie plate; drop spoonfuls of dough into cinnamon-and-sugar mixture before placing on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake as directed.

Whitney Miller,

Southern Living

November 2012
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