Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Day 3 - The 12 Days of Christmas Cookie

Welcome to Day 3 of The 12 Days of Christmas Cookies!

A few days ago, Kathy from Bermudaonion's Weblog and I announced that we are hosting a Virtual Cookie Swap. We are counting down the days to the swap by sharing twelve of our favorite cookies recipes! Then we want all of you to share your favorite recipes with us next Friday. I will be hosting the chocolate/candy recipes and Kathy will be hosting the traditional cookie recipes.

Since I already shared my recipe for one of childhood favorite cookies -- Nut Squares, I thought I'd share one of my husband's favorite recipe for Sand Tarts. I had never heard of Sand Tarts until I met him, but they are hugely popular in Central and Eastern Pennsylvania. They are a very simply butter cookie that some people slice while others cut out and decorate. We choose to go the easy route and roll the dough into logs and thinly slice them. You can also refrigerate the dough and make just a few cookies at a time!


1 lb. butter
2 cups sugar
few grains of salt
4 cups flour
1 egg

Cream butter and sugar with electric mixer. Add egg, salt and flour. Separate dough into two sections and roll into long logs about 2 1/2 inches wide by 1 1/2 inches high. Refrigerate overnight. Slice into 1/4 inch cookies and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until edges turn slightly brown. Sprinkle colored sugar or nuts on top if you choose.

Make sure you visit Kathy's blog tomorrow to see one of her very special cookie recipes!


Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

This would be much easier than rolling out dough and cutting out cookies. Thanks for the great recipe.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I remember Sand Tarts well, now that you bring up the recipe. Thanks for the delicious memory!

bermudaonion said...

I think my mother used to make these! I'll have to give them a try.

cindysloveofbooks said...

Julie I have never heard of these but I think this will be something i will make this weekend with Michael.

Thanks for another great recipe :)

Sherrie said...

Sounds like a really easy cookie recipe. Thanks for sharing! Have a great day!

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Beth F said...

These are definitely popular in Pennsylvania. This looks like a winning recipe.

Serena said...

These sound very familiar...what no pictures? I will have to give these a try. maybe for thanksgiving!

Gwendolyn B. said...

Everyone needs a good recipe for butter cookies. I love the name "Sand Tarts"!