Christmas Sand Tarts – a family tradition

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Linking up with Amber (Mr. Thomas and Me) and Erin’s (Hooley with a Z12 Days of Blogging Christmas link up. Today’s prompt was “Christmas Cookie Exchange!”

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”.

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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:

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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.

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I’m happy to share this never been shared before family recipe!

Sand Tarts, by Mim Weaver Dubble

Ingredients:

1 lb. Sugar

1/2 lb. Butter

3 eggs

1 lb. Flour (4 cups)

3 tsp. Baking Powder

1 tsp. Vanilla

Directions

Mix and refrigerate overnight

On the next day, roll out and cut into shapes

Decorate

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?!

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xoxo katie

  • I love that you had your mom guest post this! Such a beautiful story.

    I am going to have to try this recipe out. The cookies look delicious!

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you! She was so excited to share her beloved Sand Tarts- they make Christmas extra special!

  • What an awesome tradition! Those look delicious! 🙂

    • kwalshmac

      They are so buttery and good 🙂 Try them out!

  • I love a good cooke+sprinkle sesh. I’ll probably be trying this recipe asappppp!

    • kwalshmac

      Let me know how it goes for you! They are a little tricky to roll out, thick dough! And nothing like a sprinkle sesh. It’s good for the soul!!

  • We do the same thing, but with Spritz cookies. There is about a pound of butter in the recipe. But they’re so good!

    • kwalshmac

      Nice!! Christmas is a good excuse to say “yes!” to extra butter!

  • Holy cookies! These look awesome – what a great tradition 🙂

    • kwalshmac

      Soooo many cookies! And they ALL get eaten, it’s always surprises me!

  • i LOVE LOVE LOVE that your mom joined in on the fun, how special that this tradition has been going on for so long. that is so special, i’m sure the ladies in your family are looking down on you proud as all get out.

    • kwalshmac

      She was really happy to share her favorite thing in the whole world! Like seriously, she could start a self help meeting regarding these cookies. It’s intense! I really love that we do it together and can’t wait to add my some day kids into the mix.