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Grandma’s Sand Tart Cookies are a staple in our home during the holidays! They’re the perfect reminder of her and they’re fun to make year round!

Nothing is better during the holidays than an old family recipe. They’re fun to make year round and they have that added benefit of reminding us of our loved ones.

I think most people who love to cook or bake have someone in their past that inspired that love! Whether it was grilling with dad or baking cookies with Grandma it’s never a bad time to bust out those old favorites and whip up a batch.

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pin showing the finished grandmas sand tart cookies ready to eat with title across th e middle.

What you’ll need to make these tasty cookies:

My grandma’s sand tart cookies are really simple to make and the dough is perfectly sweet and easy to work with. For this recipe you’ll need some classic kitchen staples that you likely already have on hand if you like to bake.

For sand tart cookies you will need granulated sugar, butter, eggs, milk, baking soda, four, and colored sprinkles.

You can also benefit from an electric mixer, some cookie cutters, and parchment paper, or silicone baking mats! Of course most of those can be swapped out for the good old fashioned elbow grease alternative if you don’t have them in your kitchen accessories collection.

You can find the full amounts and ingredients along with the approximate nutritional information in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post!

Finished grandmas sand tart cookies ready to eat.

Here are some kitchen essentials that I like to have on hand when making recipes like this:

Making tasty treats is a breeze with these kitchen essentials. Keeping things like this on hand makes my life so much easier in the kitchen.

Some things that are great to have on hand when prepping recipes like this is a cutting board, sharp knives, and storage containers.

You can also benefit from baking pans, a kitchen scale, measuring cups, and these mixing bowls!!

another look at the finished sand tart cookies ready to eat.

How to make the best sand tart cookies:

Making these sand tart cookies is actually a lot easier than you might think! Check out the simple step by step process below to see for yourself.

Making a classic cookie recipe this year doesn’t have to be super difficult These grandma’s sand tart cookies are perfect for kids to help with as well. There’s tons of fun to be had while rolling the dough, cutting out the shapes, and decorating them with sugar and cinnamon!

Cream the sugar and butter using the electric mixer.

Add eggs and milk, mix well

In another bowl mix the baking soda and flour.

SLOWLY add this mixture to the wet ingredients. You will need to mix this until it is smooth and creamy.

Separate finished dough into three pieces, form them into balls.

sugar cookie dough in a ball.

Wrap each ball tightly in plastic wrap to refrigerate overnight.

Set dough out to thaw for a few hours prior to rolling it

Flour the counter top or table where you will be rolling the cookies (add flour as necessary to avoid cookies sticking)

dough being rolled out on a floured counter.

Roll each dough ball out thin

dough rolled out thin

Using selected cookie cutters you are now ready to cut!

Cut them as close together as possible.

cookies being cut with cookie cutters.

Place on baking sheets (line with parchment to avoid sticking)

cookies cut and ready to be put on baking sheets.

Decorate cookies with sugar and other toppings

Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes

cookies on a lined baking sheet ready for the oven.

Remove sheets from oven and allow to cool completely!

Enjoy! (Store leftovers for up to several weeks in the freezer)

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close up view of the finished grandma's sand tart cookies ready to eat.

Did you say I can freeze these cookies?

You can absolutely freeze these cookies. You can actually freeze most cookies! They’ll be great in an airtight container for a few months in the freezer.

Pull them out when you are ready to use some and they’ll thaw out nicely. It’s a really nice way to have a prepared treat on hand for when life is busy and you want something special but don’t have time to prep anything.

Do I have to refrigerate the dough before rolling and cutting the cookies?

Definitely do not skip this step. The cooling time and wrapping the dough helps to let it develop properly and it makes it 100x easier to work with.

If you skip this step you’ll find that the dough doesn’t really allow you to roll it out without it being super sticky and messy. You also won’t be able to handle the cookies once they’re cut with the cookie cutters.

Give it the overnight chill session in the refrigerator for the best results and perfect grandma’s sand tart cookies! It’s hard to wait, I know, but it’s worth it for the ease of working with the dough and the perfectly delicious treats that will be ready in no time after you let the dough chill.

a look at a plate of the finished cookies ready to serve.

Looking for more delicious cookie recipes to make during the holidays?

If you need some other cookie recipes to go along with my Grandma’s sand tart cookies you won’t want to miss out on this list of delicious treats.

When prepare holiday cookie platters, treats to share with family, friends, or coworkers, etc. you’ll want lots of options. We’ve got you covered with all these tasty cookies you can make for the holidays or year round! You should probably also try this super simple 2 ingredient fudge to really make your cookie platters stand out!

Try out some of these holiday cookies, Weight Watchers choices, and even no bake cookies. They’re all perfect for sharing during the holidays.

Printable Recipe For Classic Sand Tart Cookies:

Prep Time
15 minutes

Cook Time
8 minutes

Chill Time
12 hours

Total Time
12 hours 23 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 – 4½ cups flour
  • Colored sugar sprinkles and cinnamon/sugar for decorating cookies
  • Electric Mixer
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Parchment Paper

Instructions

  1. Cream the sugar and butter using the electric mixer.
  2. Add eggs and milk, mix well
  3. In another bowl mix the baking soda and flour.
    SLOWLY add this mixture to the wet ingredients. You will need to mix this until it is smooth and creamy.
  4. Separate finished dough into three pieces, form them into balls.
  5. Wrap each ball tightly in plastic wrap to refrigerate overnight.
  6. Set dough out to thaw for a few hours prior to rolling it
  7. Flour the counter top or table where you will be rolling the cookies (add flour as necessary to avoid cookies sticking)
  8. Roll each dough ball out thin
  9. Using selected cookie cutters you are now ready to cut!
  10. Cut them as close together as possible.
  11. Place on baking sheets (line with parchment to avoid sticking)
  12. Decorate cookies with sugar and other toppings
  13. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes
  14. Remove sheets from oven and allow to cool completely!
  15. Enjoy! (Store leftovers for up to several weeks in the freezer)

Nutrition Information

Yield

24

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving

Calories 456Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 23mgSodium 72mgCarbohydrates 98gFiber 3gSugar 24gProtein 11g

As with any of our recipes, carb counts, calorie counts, WW points and nutritional information varies greatly. As a result, your nutritional content depends on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish. The auto-calculation is just an automated estimate and should NOT be used for specific dietary needs.

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