Easy Vanilla Tea Cake Cookies

Vanilla Tea Cake Cookies are a simple buttery, soft vanilla tea cookie perfect for afternoon tea. Much like Scottish Shortbread, the ingredients are simple, but the texture and vanilla flavors are deliciously unforgettable.

Easy Vanilla Tea Cake Cookies on a Glass Platter

It’s a classic, old fashioned, perfect cookie. Whether you serve it with tea… or milk.

Make them ahead for the holidays, they are a crowd-favorite Christmas cookie

Or simply to save for that rare quiet moment with a cup of tea and bite of something sweet. 

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Vanilla Tea Cake Cookies Ingredients

This is a simple tea cake recipe made with pantry ingredients including butter, eggs, flour, sugar, vanilla, salt, and cream of tartar.

Baked Vanilla Tea Cakes on a Baking Sheet

Is There a Substitute for Cream of Tartar?

This old family recipe does call for cream of tartar. This is what cream of tartar is, and a quick ingredient substitute if you don’t have it.

Cream of tartar is a great addition to pantry baking ingredients. And part of what makes Snickerdoodles so incredibly delicious.

Technically, cream of tartar is an acid and is most commonly used as a leavener and stabilizer. 

If you need to substitute cream of tartar, here is a good rule of thumb. For every 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar in a recipe, use 1 teaspoon lemon juice or white vinegar. 

Closeup View of Vanilla Tea Cakes

When to Serve Vanilla Tea Cake Cookies

There’s never a wrong time to serve these cookies… in my book.

But I particularly like to serve them for afternoon tea. They make a great accompaniment to other sweets or are delicious enough to serve simply with a cup of tea.

And, they are always a favorite on the cookie tray during the holidays. From Thanksgiving through Christmas. In fact, I make them ahead early in October and freeze in an airtight container. 

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Easy Vanilla Tea Cake Cookies on a Glass Platter

Vanilla Tea Cake Cookies

Yield: 36 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Vanilla Tea Cake Cookies are a simple buttery, soft vanilla tea cookie perfect for afternoon tea. Much like Scottish Shortbread, the ingredients are simple, but the texture and vanilla flavors are deliciously unforgettable.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Combine the butter and sugar in a stand mixer or with a handheld mixer; beat until creamy, about 3 minutes. Then add the egg and vanilla; mix until combined.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture and mix well.
  4. Shape the dough into balls, roll in granulated sugar, and transfer to the prepared baking pan.
  5. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 112Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 107mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g

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