A recipe for Sand Tarts…I think








Hello all!
I have been very busy these past weeks, what with graduation, work, and of course, those daily shopping trips. I swear…I have been to the mall every day this past week…but it’s okay I have got this Christmas gift thing under control…almost finished! How about y’all? What do you all give for gifts around Christmas? Or do you even give at all? My favorite is to give homemade gifts, especially gifts from the kitchen. If you are like me, then this recipe is definitely for you. I believe that the first time I had these cookies was at my grandmother’s house…go figure, right? Anyways, my grandmother calls them “sand tarts,” but some people might call them Mexican wedding cookies, or Italian wedding cookies or just plain old cookies, but whatever the name…these things are seriously scrump-dilly-umptious! Not only are they super simple to put together, the aroma that these cookies give off once they are in the oven is enough to make Santa Claus drool. These cookies are also special because many a Christmas memory has been made sitting around the table and making them with my loved ones. My sister and I have started to do this each year…usually the cookies don’t really make it into the cookie jar. Once you roll them in the powdered sugar as they emerge piping hot from the oven you will understand what I mean. My fingers get coated with the crispy exterior of the cookie blended with the powdered sugar…truly mouthwatering! So, I really encourage you to give these little yummies a try and better yet, wrap them in cute little Christmas bags or cookie boxes for guests and hosts of your next Christmas party. I swear you won’t be disappointed, and the cookie tins will be empty!

Ingredients:
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 Tbs. granulated sugar
a pinch of salt
1 c. cake flour, sifted
1 tsp. Mexican vanilla
1 c. chopped pecans
1/2 c. powdered sugar

Directions:
1. Pre-heat the oven to 300 F.
2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
3. Using an electric mixer, combine the butter, sugar, and salt until well blended.
4. Sift the cake flour and add it to the butter/sugar mixture. Mix until fully incorporated.
5. Add the vanilla and pecans to the mixture and blend until fully incorporated into a large ball.
6. Using a cookie scooper (I used a melon ball scooper), scoop individual round cookie balls onto the cookie sheet, spacing evenly. (You can also use your hands to form the cookie dough into small round balls).
7. Place the cookies in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the cookies are a light brown.
8. Remove the cookies from the oven and roll them in the powdered sugar.
9. Place the cookies on a cooling rack and allow to cool.
10. Roll the cookies in the powdered sugar once more before serving.

MANGIA!!!

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