It’s a fact; Christmas cookies taste better than any other cookies. They have those few extra ingredients that other cookies are missing: tradition, magic, and love.
Sand Tarts are our traditional family Christmas cookies. My mom has always gone all out when it comes to baking at Christmas time. At any social gathering she always proudly presents a Christmas tray displaying a plethora of cookies. You’ve got the classic chocolate chip, the peanut butter blossoms, the vegan oatmeal raisin, the O’Henry bars, the peanut butter cup cookies, and then the shining beacon of Christmas cookies, the Sand Tarts.
With the help of antique cookie cutters they come in all shapes and sizes and we decorate them with sprinkles and love. I’ve been intricately decorating these cookies for as long as I can remember. There is always a day in December that is “Sand Tart Day”.
We blast the Christmas music and I sit in my chair, picking out individual sprinkles, preparing to don the doggies in sweaters and the camels in saddles, the trees with ornaments, and the gingerbread people in outfits. Meanwhile my mom is rolling out the dough and cutting out the cute shapes Hundreds of cookies are baked!
So today, I’m letting my mom, Pat Walsh, take over the blog and tell us the story behind these beloved Christmas cookies:
This sand tart recipe was used to bake cookies for Christmas by my grandmother, Mary Weaver, my mother, Mim Weaver Dubble, and then myself, Pat Dubble Walsh. Now I’m so pleased to have Katie using the same recipe to create these delicious cookies. I remember baking sand tarts with my mother since I was very young. At first I just liked to decorate the cookies but then she taught me how to roll the dough and cut them out. I always had my favorite cookie cutters: star, bell and rabbit.
Every Christmas Eve my parents would host a party for their friends, and we would bake the sand tarts to share with their guests. One Christmas Eve afternoon as we were baking cookies it started to snow. It snowed so much that my parents had to cancel their party Since we had already made a lot of sand tarts I got to eat as many as I wanted. I still like to read and hold the recipe that was hand written by my mother.
My mother passed away twenty-four years ago and I always get a little teary when we make sand tarts before Christmas. I’m so lucky that Katie likes to decorate the cookies and we have fun working on them together. I know that my grandmother and my mother would be very proud that Katie and I have carried on the tradition of using their recipe to create Christmas cookies and family memories.
I’m happy to share this never been shared before family recipe!
Sand Tarts, by Mim Weaver Dubble
1 lb. Sugar
1/2 lb. Butter
1 lb. Flour (4 cups)
3 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Vanilla
Mix and refrigerate overnight
On the next day, roll out and cut into shapes
Bake at 325 degrees for about 8 minutes.
The best cookies are the ones that are so thin and crispy that you can almost see through them!
Thanks Mama Walsh! This past Saturday we had our annual Sand Tart Day – and it was extra special this year because Ryan got to join in on the fun. He was so excited – poor boy never made a single Christmas cookie before. Ever! My parents and Ryan and I had a lot of fun and can’t wait to carry out this tradition together every year. Can’t you just taste the buttery goodness of these cookies by just looking at them?!