Sand Tarts

sand tarts

Sand Tarts is another holiday cookie recipe from my mother-in-law which we make every Christmas.

Sand Tarts are traditionally a very hard cookie, in fact, if they are not hard – like almost teeth-breaking, they are not right! That is why you roll the out thinly – so you can get them in your mouth at an angle and bite sand tarts with your back teeth! This way, you are less likely to crack a tooth   ;)

Sand Tarts are delicious when enjoyed with a cup of coffee. Dip the Sand Tart into the hot coffee and let it soak up some until it is a bit soggy like you would with Biscotti. Not only does it taste good it saves your teeth!

Although Sand Tarts do not fall into the traditional foods category, they are a taste from John’s childhood and memories are important so we choose to enjoy them!

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Sand Tarts


Combine all the ingredients and refrigerate to chill overnight in a covered bowl.

Have ready:

  • 1/2 c cinnamon sugar
  • 2 egg whites

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  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Roll the dough very thin (about 1/8 inch) and cut into diamond shapes. You may cut with cookie cutters if desired but I roll the Sand Tart dough out and cut it with a knife in long lines and then come back across with a diagonal cut.
  • Transfer the cookies to a prepared cookie sheet – I use parchment paper.
  • Brush the tops with egg whites.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  • Place half an almond or pecan on each cookie and brush again with eggs whites.
  • Sprinkle with a little more cinnamon sugar.
  • Bake at 350F for 10 – 12 minutes.
  • As the cookies cool they harder further.

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