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Sand Tarts

Festive and easy to make, these scrumptious cookies deserve a spot on your holiday baking list!

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Updated July 26, 2023
Sand Tarts
3 dozen
20 Min

Growing up, Sarah made these cookies with her mother every year for Christmas. Because they're so easy to make, she was able to do most of the work herself. Today, her granddaughter always requests these cookies and Sarah happily obliges.

What You'll Need

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, cream butter and 1/4 cup sugar. Add vanilla and water; mix well. Gradually add flour and continue to mix until well combined. The dough will be a little stiff. Add pecans and mix well. Using about 1 tablespoon of dough per cookie, shape into small crescents or short rolls.
  3. Bake on ungreased baking sheets 18 to 20 minutes.
  4. Place remaining sugar in a shallow dish. Remove cookies from oven and when cool enough to handle, roll in confectioners' sugar. Handle these gently, as they can break or crumble easily.

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Just to let you know, these are actually called Kief leave cookies from austrio-hungary(magyars) recipe. Sand tarts are another infamous Hungarian cookie that is cookie cutter shape w meringue and sprinkles on it. The kief leaves cookie recipe here,is sooo much simpler then the one passed down to def try these and rate later.Just a tip u can fill w poppy seed filling or a walnut mixture,soo yummy.Especially if u sprinkle confectionery sugar on top of cookies!! Happy baking!

I remember these sand tarts as a child and they are delicious and delicate but they were always made with almond extract and most times with finely chopped or crushed almonds

I started making these with my mother over 35 years ago. The recipe was in a little country church recipe booklet under the exact same name: Sand Tarts. I am so excited to see it listed here. Another variation I use at Christmas is to use almond extract or hazelnut extract for flavoring. Also, separating the dough and mixing red and green food coloring makes for a pretty presentation. You can see the coloring even through the powdered sugar.


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