Tea cakes – A Southern Delicacy

Mary’s Teacakes

Growing up in the south, teacakes are something I had the pleasure of eating and thoroughly enjoying over the years; so much so, when my grandma made them, my mama took it upon herself to leave some out for me and guests and then hide the rest for herself and my grandma so I wouldn’t eat them all. Long story short, after many years of my mama playing ‘keep away’ with me, this girl right here decided to grab her grandma’s recipe and make them herself; I mean, 10 cookies in 12 hours never hurt anyone…right?

I must say that while preparing this post to share this recipe with you all, I was extremely intimidated. I follow food bloggers on instagram that have these amazing food photos and beautiful set ups that I am faraway from at this moment. These things are hard for me because 1. I take my photography so seriously and am extremely adamant about providing the best photos I can for anything that I do and 2. I’m honestly at a place in life that while I’m overwhelmingly grateful for what I have, I tend to always keep my focus on the future and compare what I have to what I know God has instilled in me to strive for; most times that turns in to feelings of inadequacy and makes me wonder why I haven’t gotten there yet and what I’m doing to slow down the process. If this sounds anything like you, I encourage you to take a moment and remember that God is not slack about His promises and that He wishes to hold nothing away from us. Be intentional about spending time with God, reading His word, and “faithing it” while you pursue that in which sets your soul on fire. While remain faithful over these small things and continue to follow His path set before us, He will remain faithful over these huge things that He’s placed in your spirit.

“The common man prays, ‘I want a cookie right now!’ And God responds, ‘If you’d listen to what I say, tomorrow it will bring you 100 cookies.” 

― Criss Jami

In spite of the above stated insecurities, below I’ve shared with you my grandma’s recipe for her version of teacakes, which, in the most unbiased way, is my favorite version that I’ve tried; it is totally beginner friendly and is honestly a mix of things that many of you may already have in your pantry. If you look below the directions, you’ll see some tips and tricks that can be used to add to the teacakes or ways that you can tweak the recipe to your liking. I hope you all enjoy the teacakes as much as I do!

Mary’s Teacakes


1 Cup (2 sticks) Creamed Butter

2 Cups Sugar

3 Teasp. Nutmeg

4 Eggs, Beaten Lightly

4 cups, Sifted Self-rising flour


1. Mix Lightly

2. Roll Thin

3. Bake on 375, for 10-15 mins.

Side Note: Many people will add vanilla extract, lemon extract extract, lemon zest, or a mixture of the three. Also, some people will do them with all purpose flower and baking powder instead of self-rising; Sheela Prakash recommends, “For every cup of self -rising flour called for in your recipe, measure out 1 level cup all-purpose flour. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt.”

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