Aunt Burvin's Southern Tea Cakes


This recipe was passed down from my great-aunt Burvin. Tea cakes are a less-sweet, puffy cookie. Enjoy!

round tea cakes on wire rack
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 25 mins
24 servings


  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • 4 ½ cups self-rising flour


  1. Beat white sugar, confectioners' sugar, and butter together in a stand mixer until smooth and creamy. Add eggs and vanilla extract; beat until fully incorporated. Pour oil into sugar-butter mixture; beat until smooth. Slowly add flour to sugar-butter mixture, 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition until dough is stiff. Refrigerate dough, 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Drop dough by the spoonful onto baking sheets.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Work in batches if needed.

Cook's Note:

Roll dough thicker (1/4-inch) for softer cookies.

Margarine can be used in place of the butter.

Dough can also be rolled out and cut into shapes instead of dropping onto baking sheet before cooking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

294 Calories
18g Fat
31g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 294
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 358mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 3g
Calcium 84mg 6%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 39mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.