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Old German Cookie Recipe - Sand Tarts
Old German Cookie Recipe
This recipe brings back memories of my Grandma. She was the second generation from Germany to be in this country and her mother brought along with her all of the good recipes from Germany. Everything was homegrown and made from scratch.
Every week Grandma would make homemade noodles from the eggs her chicken laid. Several types of cookies, cakes and pies were made. Her cooking was memorable. Sundays brought roast beef or chicken.
Grandma and Grandpa wouldn't eat store bought bread. I'm sure at one time Grandma made it all herself, but there were daily trips to the bakery to buy fresh homemade bread. When we kids stayed with her she would send us up to buy some. Being country kids, this was a real treat to stay at Grandma's and be able to walk into town.
Here follows an old German cookie recipe. It isn't one that Grandma used because she didn't follow recipes. She had all of hers right in her head because she had made them all so many times. This one I found in an old German cookbook.
Old German Style Sand Tarts Cookie Recipe
The recipe make about 7 1/2 dozen cookies
2 c butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 c confectioner's sugar
5 eggs, well beaten
4 c sifted flour
1 tsp baking soda
pecan halves, cut in half
1. Cream the butter and vanilla extract together until softened.
2. Add the sugar gradually to the butter and vanilla, creaming it until fluffy.
3. Add the eggs, a third at a time beating after each addition.
4. Sift the flour and baking soda together.
5. Add the flour slowing, beating each time. Beat until the mixture is well blended.
6. Chill dough overnight.
7. Divide the dough into small portions, and roll out each portion on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/8th inch thick. Cut into 2" rounds.
8. Press a pecan piece on the top of each cookie.
8. Transfer to cookie sheets.
9. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F. for about 9-12 minutes.
Enjoy your cookies.
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