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.
It’s a classic, old fashioned, perfect cookie. Whether you serve it with tea… or milk.
Or simply to save for that rare quiet moment with a cup of tea and bite of something sweet.
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.
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.
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.
More Tea Cake Cookie Recipes
Favorite Christmas Cookie Ideas
- Russian Tea Cakes
- Peanut Butter Cookies
- Scottish Millionaire Cookies
- Scottish Shortbread
- All Christmas Cookie Recipes
- 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 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- 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.
- 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.
- Shape the dough into balls, roll in granulated sugar, and transfer to the prepared baking pan.
- Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
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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