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Christmas sand tart cookies

Sand Tart Cookie Recipe, PA Dutch Cookies

Sand Tarts are addicting, thin, and crispy cookies that are perfect to add to your Christmas cookie plates. And they are fun to make with your kids.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 9 mins
Chill 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 24 mins
Course Cookies, Holiday Cookies
Cuisine Amish
Servings 36 servings
Calories 178 kcal


  • 2 sticks softened butter (1/2 lb.)
  • 2 c. white sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg, beaten for egg wash

Cinnamon Sugar Mixture: optional

  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Pecans or Walnuts for the top, optional


    • Cream butter, add sugar and beat until fluffy.
    • Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
    • Combine dry ingredients and add to butter mixture. Mix until combined.
    • Wrap the dough into parchment paper and chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours.
    • Preheat the oven to 350°.
    • Spread the chilled dough onto a floured countertop. Roll it out to about 1/8" thick (adding flour as needed to keep the cookies from sticking).
    • Using cookie cutters, cut them into shapes and carefully transfer the cookies to greased or parchment-lined baking sheets.
    • Brush each cookie top with well-beaten egg wash.
    • Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with cinnamon/sugar mixture and place a pecan or walnut halve on top, or sprinkle with chopped nuts. Or if you prefer, sprinkle the tops with Christmas sprinkles.
    • Bake for 8 - 10 minutes. Let them rest for about a minute then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.


    I didn't bother with putting the nuts on the cookies. Some of mine got sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, but most of them got Christmas sprinkles.
    This recipe yields about 7 dozen cookies, but my cutters are fairly small, so it will depend on the size of your cookie cutters.
    Your baking time will vary, depending on exactly how thin you get them. Baking them longer creates a more crispy cookie, although you don't want to burn them. So keep your eye on the first batch to judge how long they need to bake.


    Serving: 2cookiesSodium: 83mgCalcium: 12mgVitamin C: 1mgVitamin A: 177IUSugar: 14gFiber: 1gPotassium: 29mgCholesterol: 27mgCalories: 178kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 3gFat: 6gProtein: 3gCarbohydrates: 30gIron: 1mg
    Keyword Amish Sand Tarts Recipe, Sand Tart Cookies
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