The perfect recipe for Sand Tarts.

Sand Tarts Recipe

Today I’m sharing a tried and true recipe for Sand Tarts. They are one of my favorite cookies to make during the holidays, not too sweet and melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

Getting out the vintage flour sifter takes me back to age of six, standing on a chair, helping my mom make cookies.  My favorite part was measuring the ingredients, then I lost interest until the cookies came out of the oven.

Vintage flour sifter for backing Sand Tarts.


Best cookie recipe ever, Sand Tarts!


Sand Tarts Recipe

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Pre-heat oven to 325° F. With a hand mixer cream butter and sugar; add vanilla and water. Then add the flour, the finely chopped pecans and blend well.  Chill until firm for about 2 hours. Form dough into crescent shapes and place on cookie sheets.  The cookie sheets should be ungreased.  (I prefer parchment paper for faster clean-up.) Bake at 325° for about 20 minutes. Edges should only be slightly brown.

The original recipe suggests rolling the cookies in powdered sugar while they are still warm.  I prefer carefully removing the cookies from the pan to a cooling rack and heavily dust them with powdered sugar. The recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Adapted from the Houston Junior League Cookbook, 1968

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Crescent shaped Sand Tarts.

The hardest part of food photography, is resisting the urge to nibble on the appetizing still life before me. Didn’t I start out with 4 dozen cookies. Yum! Coffee break anyone?


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©2017 Sand Tarts Recipe was first published on Thistle Key Lane™





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