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Sand Tarts

Yield 3 dozen
Sand tarts –delicate, crescent-shaped cookies covered in powdered sugar–are a Christmas tradition in many parts of the country. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ice water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Powdered sugar

How to Make It

  1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add flour and next 4 ingredients, beating well. Stir in pecans.

  2. Roll dough into 1-inch balls; roll out to 3-inch logs. Shape into crescents, and place on ungreased baking sheets.

  3. Bake at 350° for 12 to 14 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on wire racks. Dredge cookies in powdered sugar.