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Old German Cookie Recipe - Sand Tarts

Updated on March 5, 2011

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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    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      lucybell21, Have fun baking! Thanks for the comment. Welcome to Hubpages!

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      Bonny OBrien 

      7 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      Aha a new cookie recipe for work, my people will love them, as they get bored with the same old cookies every week that we make for them.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      JamaGenee, I have the same problem with cookies. I can't keep my hands off of them. The cookies in this recipe are really small, that is why it makes 7 1/2 dozen. Halving the recipe is a good idea though.

      Thanks for commenting.

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      Joanna McKenna 

      7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Those cookies sound yummy! My mouth is watering already! But I'd have to halve the recipe, otherwise I'd be too tempted to eat the whole 7 1/2 dozen! ;D

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      Dolores Monet, My Grandmother made her roast beef and homemade noodles almost every Sunday. They were something to remember too, because they were so good.

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      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Woohoo - that's a lot of cookies. Years back, when the house was full of people, I could use this recipe. Now, it would have to be for a party. But those old Germans knew how to cook. I am 2nd generation myself, and my great aunt, boy could she make roast beef like nobody else.

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      Barbara Badder 

      8 years ago from USA

      Specialk3749, I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for commenting.

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      Karen Metz 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      I love homemade cookies and I will have to try this one. Thanks!

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      8 years ago from USA

      mega1, Your cookies sound like they will be yummy with the macadamias and chocolate chips. MMM eat a couple for me too.

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      8 years ago

      We used to make these when I was little - I think I'm going to make 1/2 the recipe adding macadamias and white choc chips - see how it works. Thanks! I wrote about me two very different grandmas - and they were excellent cooks too - definitely helped me overcome any fears I had of the kitchen. Now I'm most comfortable there, and my waistline shows it! good hub

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      8 years ago from USA

      reddog10227, Thanks. Happy you enjoyed it.

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      8 years ago

      What a wonderful story to go with a great recipe!

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      8 years ago from USA

      MarianeG, I hope they turn out well for you. Thanks for the comment. Barb

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      8 years ago from USA

      illyGrillzit, I'll give you a turn to make them. I like mine with hot tea. Thanks for commenting. Barb

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      8 years ago

      These sound delicious! I'm going to have to try these soon! Thanks for the recipe!

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      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      Okay, I have the milk ready, just let me know when they're out of the oven! :0)

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      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Sounds easy but very tasty


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