Christmas Cookie: Sand Tarts (recipe)

One of my very favorite cookies from childhood was the Sand Tart, a cookie my Mom made only at Christmas (not sure why, nothing particularly holiday about it!), and each year I think about bringing it back for my cookie tray. For one reason or another, usually that there are so many other interesting cookie recipes to try, I rarely get around to it, but this year I would like to share the recipe with you and make a concerted effort to bring this cookie back onto my holiday cookie tray.

A very simple cut-out cookie, the Sand Tart has cinnamon ‘n sugar (my Mom always kept an old spice jar filled with her own mix) as well as a blanched almond on the top. We cut them into triangles, using angles and slides, but you could easily use your favorite cookie cutter.

Sand Tarts

Family favorite from the 1930’s, originally from Everyday American Cookbook

  • 1 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Cinnamon and sugar mixture
  • Blanched almond halves

Sift flour and salt together.

Cream butter until light; add sugar and beat until smooth. Beat in 1 whole egg and one egg yolk, vanilla extract and lemon zest.

Gradually add in flour mixture and mix until well blended. Refrigerate dough for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 400F. Line cookie sheets with parchment. Beat remaining egg white slightly.

Roll dough out to 1/8″ thick on lightly floured surface. Cut out with a cookie cutter (or use a pizza cutter to make diagonal lines) and place shapes on the prepared cookie sheets. Brush each cookie with egg white; sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and press 1/2 almond into the center of each.

Bake 8 minutes until delicately brown.

This recipe is submitted as part of Joy of Baking’s Vintage Thursday roundup. Check out Joy’s site for more great family favorites!


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  2. Your mom had a great idea to keep her own mixed cinnamon sugar handy in a jar.

    You forgot to link yourself on Vintage Recipe, but it’s not too late to link it up this Thursday.

    I hope you’ll post other recipes from your mom’s cookbook too. The 1930s cookbooks are usually quite interesting.

  3. Kitchen Gadget Girl

    This recipe was on a card, I don’t know that I have the book that it came from!

    And, I had a hard time linking up – since I don’t have a photo with this post, I could not figure out how to get around that in the Mr Linky.

  4. I see what you mean. Mr. Linky looked completely different when I tried to link up your recipe. Of course, I have no idea why. All these different linkies have their own quirks, no matter which we choose. Anyway, I found a way to link using your banner picture. I hope you don’t mind. If ever you are unable to link up again, just leave your link in a comment, and I’ll add you manually on my post. I’m hoping it won’t be permanent since you’ve been able to link up in the past.
    Thanks for participating. It’s nice to have you.

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