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Sand Drop Tarts

Updated on March 24, 2011

My Absolute Favorite Cookies

Sand drop tarts became my favorite cookie the first time I tried them just 3 years ago. They are so chewy and have a not too sweet, buttery taste. It's best to use more than one baking pan so that you can bake some while others are are cooling. I will put pictures on here the next time I am able to make them.

Now I haven't made these in over a year, so I am doing this more from memory than anything else. You may have to chill the dough before baking. If so, chill for 3 hours before baking.


  • 1 c butter or margarine (softened)
  • 2 1/2 c flour
  • 2 c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 beaten egg (or just beaten egg white)
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 375o.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the butter, flour, 2 c sugar, 2 eggs, and the extract.
  3. In a small bowl mix the remaining sugar and cinnamon together. Set aside.
  4. Roll dough into balls and place on ungreased baking pan.
  5. Take a fork and mix through the beaten egg and use it to press gently against the balls to make a criss-cross imprint on the cookies.  You may choose to just brush the egg across the cookies.
  6. Then sprinkle each with the sugar and cinnamon.
  7. Bake until just the edges start to turn the lightest shade of brown.
  8. Remove the cookies and allow to cool on the baking pan.

My Results With This Recipe

Ok; so maybe there were plenty of times that the cookies never made it out of the kitchen. (I thought they were awesome!)  Every one that I made them for seemed to think that they were great.  I worked at a convenience store at the time, and was constantly bringing several large bowls of cookies into work for my customers.  Both bowls would be empty before the end of my shift.

I have been told that lemon extract would be very good to use for them as well.  I am thinking about trying it like that the next time I am able to make them.  If you try anything different with the recipe please let me know about it and your results.  I always like to try different things or make improvements if necessary.


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    • Marie Tyson profile image

      Marie Tyson 6 years ago from Seven Valleys, PA

      It does taste like snicker doodles! I love snicker doodles, but I had never had any that were chewy. I would have personally called them chewy snicker doodle, but my friend called them sand drop tarts when she gave me the recipe. Thank you so much for your comments!

    • vietnamvet68 profile image

      vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

      these sound like the kind my mother made years ago I think they called them Snicker Doodles back then. Thanks for sharing, I will have to make a batch.

      God Bless

    • WillStarr profile image

      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I love a chewy cookie. Bookmarked and thank you!

      Voted up and useful.