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Sand Tarts with 5 almond slices in a star pattern

Sand Tarts

Sand Tarts are thin, crisp, buttery, cinnamon sugar cookies with almond slices on top. This Sand Tart recipe is a classic cookie recipe that is perfect for any season.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword almond, christmas cookie recipe, cookie recipe, crisp cookie, sand dollar cookie
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 198kcal
Author Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell


  • 1 cup Butter unsalted
  • 1 ½ cups Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoon Baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 3 tablespoons Sugar granulated
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Sliced almonds for decoration


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cream butter in an electric mixer using the paddle attachment on medium speed until fluffy.
  • Gradually add sugar and beat until combined.
  • Add eggs and vanilla to the mixture and continue to mix until fully incorporated.
  • Sift flour, baking soda, and salt together and then add to the mixture ½ a cup at a time, mixing on low until the dough is formed.
  • Let the dough stand for about 30 mins.
  • In a small bowl combine the cinnamon and sugar stirring well.
  • Roll a teaspoon of dough into a ball and then roll in cinnamon sugar.
  • Place balls of cookie dough 2 inches apart on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet
  • Use the flat bottom of a measuring cup to lightly press on each ball of dough and slightly flatten it.
  • Decorate each piece of dough with 5 sliced almonds in a star shape.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned around edges.
  • Remove from oven and let the cookie cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 2cookies | Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 22mg | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.6mg