Southern Tea Cake Cookies

Ingredients List:

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Steps to Perfect Southern Tea Cake Cookies:

  1. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda.
  2. Cream Butter and Sugar: Using a mixer, beat butter and sugar on high until fluffy (about 4-5 minutes).
  3. Add Egg and Vanilla: Lower to medium speed, add the egg and vanilla, mixing until fully incorporated.
  4. Incorporate Dry Ingredients: Slowly add the flour mixture in three parts, beating gently after each addition until just mixed.
  5. Chill Dough: Transfer dough to a Ziploc bag and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  6. Prep for Baking: Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Shape Cookies: Scoop tablespoon-sized amounts of dough, roll into balls, press gently to flatten, and place on the prepared sheet, spaced about 1 1/2 inches apart.
  8. Bake: For 9-11 minutes, until edges are golden. Let cool on the sheet for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Pro Tips:

  • Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature for smoother dough.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature to maintain freshness for up to a week.
  • For longer storage, freeze tightly wrapped cookies for up to three months, preserving their delightful texture.

Enjoy the authentic taste of the South with these delicious Tea Cake Cookies, a perfect blend of comfort and nostalgia.