Cranberry and Walnut Pennsylvania Sand Tart Cookies

Sand Tarts originated in the Pennsylvania Amish and Mennonite communities, and are made of simple ingredients that combine wonderfully. Generally you will find these thin, buttery cookies with a dash of cinnamon mixed in or with pecans pressed on top, but I decided to make them a little more festive by adding some cranberries and walnuts for a holiday flavor.

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Servings 24 cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Submitted By Liz from The Pretty Life Girls
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Servings 24 cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Submitted By Liz from The Pretty Life Girls
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Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugar together.
  2. Slowly add in eggs, mixing until well-combined. Add flour a bit at a time and mix thoroughly. Cover tightly and chill over night.
  3. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface. Cut out cookies and place on greased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake at 350-F about 10 minutes or until set.
Recipe Notes

(Recipe adapted from the Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbook, Culinary Arts Press)

  • Mix cranberries and walnuts to the flour and toss lightly before adding to butter/egg mixture.
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6 thoughts on “Cranberry and Walnut Pennsylvania Sand Tart Cookies

  1. Kelley

    The best sand tarts are thin and crispy. That’s what I learned as traditional from several families in the Berkshire and Lebanon and Lancaster areas. Both Amish and Mennonite families. It’s an FYI comment.

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  2. Brandy Oliver

    Where in PA are these from? I don’t think I ever heard of these or seen them but, I’m in East Central. It seems that each state is like another country and even counties have their own thing going on per state.
    We’re all about Snickerdoodles, Opera Fudge, crispy, thin sand tarts, no bake cookies, and peanut butter cookies with Hershey’s Kisses 🙂

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  3. Judy

    I live in MS. and make my mom’s recipe for sand tarts mixing chopped toasted pecan pieces into the batter and rolling them in powdered sugar twice, once coming out of the oven then again when cooled.

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