Ever have sand tarts???
- lynnlato Dec 6, 2009 11:43 AM
I did a search on here recently for sand tarts and I was surprised that I found nothing. It got me thinking about these lovely thin little cookies my grandmother & mother always made during the holidays. I did a search online and learned they are a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition (we're from PA).
After thanksgiving, mom always rolled out her card table into the kitchen and set up her sand tart shop. It was a laborous process to make these very thin cookies and they had to be handled ever so gently because they were so fragile. They were simple in appearance - thin, egg wash glaze, cinnamon sugar, and a single pecan on top - but so delicious. The thinner the better, mom always said, and I can remember her raising an eyebrow at others tarts that were too thick. Ha!
Just curious who is familiar with these holiday treats and how your family prepares them. I found on youtube a video of a family making them and they sprinkled theres with different colored sprinkles - something I rarely saw (occasionally someone would do red & green).
my nana made these too! I make them every christmas!
Cream together 2 cups butter abd 2 1/2 cups sugar
Add 4 cups of flour and two eggs.
She would roll these into large logs and cut into cookies. I roll the whole log in
sugar and then sprinkle with sugar after I cut them
Bake at 350 for 12 minutes...you can also sprinkle with sugar after baking.
Enjoy! they are so decadent because of all the butter.....it is the holidays!!
my aunt pauline made sand tarts. i've got her recipe and make crescent shapes, like she did. the crescents are about the thickness of a ring finger, about 2 1/2" long.
pecans are chopped pretty finely and added into the dough. i don't recall any glaze. these cookies are delicate and crumbly along the lines of a shortbread.
i absolutely love them! i've used powdered sugar to coat, but never sprinkles.
We used to make the Joy of Cooking ones when I was a kid -- that is to say, my father made the dough and we rolled it out, used Christmas-shaped cookie cutters to cut out the cookies and decorated them heavily. I think we didn't roll them out thin enough because I remeber them being pretty hard to bite into. One year we made a house (like a gingerbread house) out of that dough and it lasted forever....
I grew up in central PA and sand tarts are 3rd generation (gramma, mom, me) for me. We roll them out and cut into X-mas shapes. Some get sugared, some get sprinkled, some get sugar decos, some get iced, and some get all painted and gussied up! Maybe sand tarts are a PA Dutch thing because I never see any others at the cookie swaps where I'm living now.
Yes, the rolled out variety are what I am familiar with. I think some posters are referring to a different kind of sand tart. I've always known them to be very thin and delicate. Central PA is where we hail from also. I've never seen them down south where we are now, but also I rarely see them back home in PA other than at my families' gatherings.