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Sand Tarts Recipe

Sand Tarts

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"Buttery cookies coated with powdered sugar."

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Original recipe makes 4 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    1 hr 40 mins


  1. Beat butter in large bowl until light. Beat in 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar and vanilla. Add flour and mix until just blended. Stir in nuts. Shape dough into a ball, then flatten into a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (170 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place on prepared sheets, spacing evenly. Bake about 20 minutes, or until firm and lightly colored.
  4. Sift 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar into a bowl. Transfer cookies to confectioners' sugar while still warm and roll gently to coat. Immediately transfer cookies to plastic bag and seal (this makes the cookies sweat and form an icing). Let stand 5 minutes in the bag. Transfer to rack and cool.
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Dec 13, 2008

These have been a Christmas favorite of my son's since he was a little boy. He's 27 years old now,and I've been making these a lot longer than THAT! Delicate, melt in your mouth, buttery good. I always up the vanilla to 1 T. and also add a teaspoon of almond extract.

Dec 19, 2005

This is my families traditional Christmas cookie since my childhood. I lost my recipe and this one is the same, except we call ours pecan sandies. It do think they could be just a tad bit more sweet though. I may use 3/4 c powdered sugar next time. Real butter makes these fall apart I like them. You can also use one t vanilla and one t almond or lemon extract for a little more variety in taste. My kids liked it w/ the almond extract and a little lemon rind mixed in. Enjoy!


17 Ratings

Dec 23, 2003

I found this recipe extremely easy to make. Fantastic taste and texture. I left the nuts out, and rolled them in wax paper, then refrigerated them so that I could slice and bake them. It worked wonderfully.

Feb 16, 2010

These cookies are addicting. I'm serious - I make them And I can't take my hands off of 'em! I made them word for word several times, and they are wonderful. Next I'm going to try substiuting honey for sugar ........... 5+ Stars :) *******

Dec 14, 2008

Amazing, amazing, amazing! I made the cookies early this afternoon and they're already gone! The only change I made was to roll the cookies in powdered sugar the second they came out of the oven - it eliminated the need to sweat them in the ziplock bag. THANK YOU for sharing this recipe!

Dec 31, 2008

This recipe has been in my family for almost 150 years. Grandma used 1 3/4 cups of flour and used finely diced pecans, but they are the best cookies you'll ever eat! I made 200 for christmas and they lasted about 5 hours between 15 people :)

Dec 23, 2006

Great recipe. An aunt used to make these years ago and I haven't been able to find a recipe that came out like hers. This is the ONE. Thank you.

May 10, 2011

Very yummy. Similar to Russian teacakes or Mexican Wedding Cookies. Chill dough in freezer for a quicker process. Also, don't worry about the dough being crumbly when you shape it into a ball. For purposes of appearance, I would shape them into perfectly round balls or into crescent moons. They don't spread out, so your initial shape is what you get. 20 minutes was perfectly timed. I'd make again.


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  • Calories
  • 153 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.5 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 20 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 11 g
  • 17%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.9 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 1 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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