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Monday, December 10, 2012

Sand Tarts

Sand Tarts
I was thinking about baking some Sand Tarts last week.  I always make them for friends and give them for gifts during the Christmas holidays.  The ones that I baked this weekend were not for gifts but were just for us!  Yum! 
I package the Sand Tarts in tins and wrap the tin with a wired bow.  The Sand Tarts are so delicate that I place them in tissue paper in the tins.  Last Christmas, I was asked by Wiregrass Living Magazine if I would be giving food gifts that were packaged for the holidays.  I told them that I would be and they asked me to bring some to their office to be photographed for this year's (2012) November/December edition.  I have pictures and recipes for Sand Tarts, Divinity, and M & M Cookies/Pecan Cookies in this edition. 
Sand Tarts are always welcome as a gift.  They're nice to have at your home for enjoyment, too.
Sand Tarts
1 cup Land O Lakes Real Butter
1/4 cup confectionate sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cold water
2 cups sifted plain flour
1 cup chopped pecans
Cream butter and sugar.  Add vanilla and cold water.  Add flour and mix well.  Stir in chopped pecans.  Shape into small balls and flatten slightly.  You can shape them round or crescent shaped. 
Bake at 325 degrees for 18 min.
Allow to cool for 5 min. and then roll gently in confectionate sugar.  Place on a plate for serving or in an airtight container.
These are very delicate and have to be handled with care or they will crumble.  If I am giving them for a gift, I always put them in a tin nestled in tissue paper.

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