Anita Williams A Longenecker Tradition... From early childhood, I recall my mother baking these cookies at Christmastime. She was given the recipe by my paternal grandmother, Ruth May Longenecker Lyte. Little did I realize, until I read "Pitchforks and Pitchpipes" that this was an "inherited" recipe...obviously passed down through many generations of Longeneckers. In that light, I share it again. If you recognize Sand Tarts as one of your family traditions, please email me and let me know YOUR history of this family favorite. ------------------------------------------------ SAND TARTS 1 pound sugar (2 cups) 3/4 pound BUTTER 1 egg 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 cups sifted flour 2 teaspoons vanilla Blend sugar and butter, add egg and vanilla. In portions, add in sifted flour until dough is firm. Make dough the day before baking. Leave it in a covered bowl in the cupboard. [Mother may have left the bowl in a "cooler" cupboard she had. I think I let it rest overnight in the refrigerator.--aw] Roll out thin [on a minimally floured surface], cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Brush tops with whites of eggs, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and add a few chopped walnut pieces in center of each cookie, pressing in gently. Bake 15 minutes in 350 degree oven...til lightly browned on top. Cool, then store in covered box. [Don't substitute ANY ingredients or these cookies won't taste the same--aw] Upon reading this recipe, I realized I had to add a note or two...the women in our family made it from memory...and familiarity. That won't be the case for all of you so I thought a little clarification was in order.
Jun 12, 2004 · posted to the surname Longenecker