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Monday, November 25, 2013

Christmas Sand Tart Cookies

We woke up to our first snow and it was beyond gorgeous!   We decided to stay warm in the kitchen baking some Christmas cookies...

Here is the link to the snow post if you would like to see it....

Nothing puts me in the mood to make Christmas cookies like freshly fallen snow.  We are going to make my mothers recipe for Sand Tarts or Snow cookies as my kids used to call them!   The powder sugar on the cookies always looked like snow to them!  

When the cookies are done,  H and I will sample a few of them with our lunch....just a!   H will have coffee with his cookies out of this beautiful tea cup that belonged to my mother....

I will have a cup of tea in my Grandma tea cup

I'm serving my tea in a white ironstone teapot that I have placed on a green hobnail cake stand. This is the smallest stand in a set of three that were a Christmas gift to my mother from me several years ago.

We are almost ready to sit down for lunch, but first I want to give you the recipe for these cookies....

Christmas Sand Tarts

Cream 1 cup of butter with a half cup of powdered sugar....I always use real butter but you could use margarine.
add 2 cups of flour, a cup of nuts, and mix well.
then add 2 T of vanilla and 1 T water and mix again....I would actually call it kneading!
Chill for 2-3 hours.

I cut my ball of dough into about 1" pieces

Roll between your hands to form crescent shaped cookies.  Sometimes I make them round with a thumbprint in the center to hold jam...yummy!

Bake at 375 for about 11-15 minutes depending on your oven.

Let them completely cool and you are ready for some fun!

The kids love to help roll the cookies in powdered sugar....there's something about the feel of powdered sugar between you!

Our 6 yr old grand daughter loves to lick the powdered sugar off her fingers after all the cookies are rule #1  no licking fingers while rolling!
Happy Holiday Baking!


  1. Bonsoir,

    Vous avez bien raison d'être resté au chaud... Une bonne odeur de biscuits chauds devait se répandre agréablement !
    Gros bisous

  2. Penny, this is such a sweet post. Your cookies look a lot like the Almond Crescents that I make this time of year. Your teacups are very pretty and so is that little granddaughter of yours. Thank you for sharing at Tea Time and Happy Thanksgiving!


  3. Yay! Snow day baking! I love to bake cookies when it snows. It just seems right!
    Your tea cups are very romantic. They are perfect for your adorable kitchen tea.
    I am loving your beautiful decorated tree too : )

  4. Hi Penny: Love that amazing tea cup. Your blog is always amazing. Where do you keep every thing? Have a great Thanksgiving. Hugs, Martha

  5. Your granddaughter is precious It is fun to do things with children!

  6. Dear Penny,
    Those sure do look delicious. I love how you have your kitchen all decorated already. Wow and snow? Looks like Christmas magic at your house.
    Happy Thanksgiving from Florida, Ruthie

  7. Sweet post with the delicious looking sand tarts and your adorable grand-daughter. Looks like a winter wonderland at your house. Love the Santa and the beautiful tea cup. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Tea Day!

  8. Wonderful. I always loved the first magical! Your scene is lovely, and I especially like your helper! :) The cookies look delicious...definitely made with love! Thanks for sharing and linking with Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  9. What a darling she is! Love the licking finger photo! You have done a lovely posting and I am so glad you shared at Friends Sharing Tea!

  10. This is a delightful post Penny. I love your green hobnail milk glass and pretty china. I see you have a tree up in your kitchen. Love it! I've started my Christmas baking and will soon be making shortbread cookies to freeze. Happy Thanksgiving to you! Pamela

  11. Hi Penny, those lovely cookies look like the ones my grandmother used to make. I have to get out the forms and her recipe books and start baking. I can't believe Christmas is only one month away...gulp.

  12. Baking with a granddaughter in a warm & cozy home ( like yours ) while it is cold and snowy outdoors is to me one of the very best times of all. The cookies look delicious. I like your teacup, the colors are perfect for this time of the year, and the hobnail cake stand is unlike any I have ever seen. So pretty, and perfect for all seasons.

  13. Looks delicious! You've made me long for Christmas... Lovely snow.

  14. The cookies look delicious, Penny, and your granddaughter is adorable. I love your cozy, inviting kitchen, too. The green hobnail cake stand is perfect for your ironstone teapot. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  15. Love the beautiful setting.The table looks wonderful along with your yummy preparation...Have a great week ahead....:):)

  16. Love the cookies and beautiful china! Baking cookies is the perfect thing to do when it snows!

  17. Snow makes everything look more magical. I am waiting for the snow to make my outdoor décor look more festive. Nice and sunny here lately. The cookies sound so yummy. Perfect for a cold day! Thanks for sharing with SYC. Can't blame your little grand for wanting to lick her fingers. We have the same rule here.

  18. I was actually able to take pictures of the outside with snow this year to use for the fitst post in my Home Tour. This is the first year I was able to do that since i started blogging!!
    I do love snow but I am so tired of having to drive in it. i drove home from the craft fair last weekend , after Mass, in a white out where I could not see more than a foot in front of me!!
    The cookies look great and Kyleigh looks like she is having such fun....


  19. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and thank you so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  20. Hey Penny,
    Everything looks so pretty. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party. Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above


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