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Sandbakkelse (Sand Tarts)

Translated from Norwegian, the name of these cookies is "'sand tarts." They're most attractive if baked in authentic sandbakkelse molds, which can be purchased online or in a Scandinavian import shop. Most any decorative cookie mold will do, though, and the interesting shapes will make these tarts the focus of your cookie tray. —Karen Hoylo, Duluth, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    5 dozen


  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour


  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add egg and extracts. Blend in flour. Cover and chill for 1-2 hours or overnight.
    Preheat oven to 375°. Using ungreased sandbakkelse molds, press 1 tablespoon dough into each mold. Bake cookies in molds until they appear set and just begin to brown around the edges, 10-12 minutes.
    Cool cookies for 2-3 minutes in molds. When cool to the touch, remove from molds. To remove more easily, gently tap with a knife and carefully squeeze the sides of the mold.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 64 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 26mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Bernadette
    Nov 29, 2020

    I've had this recipe for years, family doesn't think its Christmas without them. The family I got the recipe from did not use a mold, just rolled out super thin (almost see through), brushed with beaten egg white and sprinkled with a small amount of colored sugar. Bake just til edges start to color. Super crisp and thin and delicious. When I was first introduced to them, they had a small hole threaded with ribbon and hung on the tree.

  • Ellen
    Jul 18, 2017

    What a great recipe. Also, you can buy the tarts from Bethany Housewares (a brand that specializes in Scandinavian dishes and tools).

  • nancylove57
    Dec 5, 2012

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  • RAZ1319
    Oct 11, 2009

    I thought that this was very good!! you just have to make sure that you press the dough as thin as you can in the mold they turn out cripy very very good

  • carol61740
    May 13, 2009

    where do you get these molds. cookies sound good but need molds.