Paula Deen has a southern tea cake recipe that requires flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and eggs. Buttermilk, vanilla and butter also are part of this recipe. It has a rating of 5 stars out of 5 stars on FoodNetwork.com as of 2015.
Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Take a large bowl and sift together 4 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Add 2 cups of sugar, 1/2 cup of buttermilk, two eggs, a teaspoon of vanilla and two sticks of butter. Stir well until the dough is wet and soft.
Shape the dough into a disk on a floured surface, and then cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for about an hour. Flour a work surface again and roll the dough out until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Cut the dough into shapes, and then bake the shapes on a greased pan for 10 to 12 minutes.
This recipe makes 72 to 96 cookies, and it only takes about 30 minutes to make. To modify these tea cakes, try adding 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract or frosting to them. You can also add sprinkles, allspice, nutmeg or walnuts for extra flavor.