I’ve been wanting to write this post for some time now, but ended up exploring some family history in the process. I first searched the internet for sand tarts and found that apparently there are three different kinds of cookies that are all called sand tarts, but they are very different. The sand tart cookies that I am referring to are a very thin, cut out cookie. From what I have found, this type of sand tart seems to be most prevalent with the Pennsylvania Dutch.
I loved this post! Thanks so much for sharing some of your family history, and for the pictures of those darling cookie cutters! Can’t wait to try the recipe. 🙂
My husband’s grandma was famous for her ultra thin sugar cookies. Everyone loved them, but no one ever got a recipe or knew the history behind them. She came from the east coast, so I’m wondering if this us where her recipe came from. For sure I plan to try your recipe and see if it’s “the right” recipe. Thanks for sharing!!!
Thank you for sharing your Sand Tart recipe. I am a sentimental gal and I love old recipes, especially old cookie recipes. The history you shared is very interesting indeed. Thanks for the memories.
Oh my! how interesting this is! Members of our family ~ of German heritage ~ make a totally different “Sand Tart” cookie. It is half-moon shaped (or round), with chopped pecans baked in, and rolled in powdered sugar while still warm after baking. The texture of the cookie is almost “gritty” so the name is quite fitting! They remain one of my favorite Christmas cookies of the six or more my Mom baked every year!
I would love to try your recipe too, though! They look like a wonderful treat! Love your posts ~ and “Merry Christmas” to you and your family!
This was very special. I love researching ancestry. I have some cookie cutters just like those that belonged to my mom.
I am Pa. Dutch and we always made sand tarts too. They are much
harder to roll out, and of course they had to be paper thin!
If the dough is not cold enough, they will stick and it is easier to use a
cover over your rolling pin, like you advised. I still have the old cookies
cutters from my Mom and grandmother, like the gingerbread man in your picture. We would keep them in an old Charles Chip can to keep them crisp.
Thank you for bringing back some fun memories.
I always enjoy your mail but rarely, if ever make a comment, I just felt I must today. A big thankyou is required for the recipe, after all its a big part of your family and I thought how sweet of you, but I loved reading your family history and the pictures of the farm, which I hope still stands and maybe is still in the family..Thankyou so much…Hugs from the UK..x
Thanks so much for being here and for the sweet comment! Hugs right back across the pond!!! Merry Christmas!
Thanks for the recipe! I have those same cookie cutters from my Grandama & remember these cookies topped with the cinnamon sugar. Thought I was done baking cookies but am making these today!
Yes – So glad you shared that with me! I’m baking too today!!!
My German grandmother made her sand tarts with 10x sugar, not granulated. I still do. I can’t roll them out as thin as she did, but I still love them. She also brushed the tops with beaten egg before adding sprinkles or colored sugar and baking.
I can’t roll mine as thin as my grandmother did either!!!
I want to try these..but can seem to get to the recipe. Could you please send it to me? Thank you!
I thought this may be the year to make sand tarts. My mother’s and my mother-in-law’s recipes are similar but vary in the ratio of butter sugar flour and eggs. My mother-in-law’s recipe uses baking soda but my moms uses only butter flour eggs and sugar. On the other hand my mother-in-law’s uses only egg yolks. I decided not to make them this year and will buy them from a Lancaster County store.
We, too, have a similar sugar cookie recipe from my husband’s German great grandmother. It does take all day to make dozens and dozens of these delicious cookies. So steeped in family history and wonderful memories of older generations much loved but now long gone!
Doreen, I have two of the cookie cutters in your photo. I’ve used them for 53 Christmases!!! My husband still eats these by the dozen with a big glass of cold milk. So thin they couldn’t possibly contain too many calories, right?
Such a sweet article. Thanks!