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Dishing out my secret family recipe

Hey sweet friends! It's me again, Allison. The one that likes to pop on and write a new blog post randomly. I'm sorry for my inconsistency but let me make it up to you with the release of my family's secret Holiday cookie recipe.

I know everyone has that amazing holiday cookie that they love but I'm serious when I say this one is a fan favorite. My Mom was reluctant to give me the deets so then you know it has to be good! This recipe actually comes from my Great-Grandmother who sadly I never got to meet. My Grandmother, my Aunt and Mom have been making these cookies since I was a kid. The great thing about these cookies is they taste amazing and will satisfy the adult palette but it's also a great cookie for kids to enjoy because of the sprinkles.

Personally, I like a no fuss kind of cookie. Leave the bells and whistles at the door. This recipe will give you a crunchy, sweet (but not too sweet) cookie in fun Holiday shapes that will satisfy that sweet tooth at any hour. The bonus, these cookies don't really go stale. I keep mine in a tin and they will last for weeks and weeks. A perfect pairing with some coffee or hot cocoa or even just by themselves.

So, finally...let me introduce you to the Sand Tart Cookie recipe!


  • 2 cups of sugar

  • 1 1/2 sticks (6 oz) of melted butter

  • 3 cups of flour

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda dissolved into 1 teaspoon of water

  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract


  1. Mix all the ingredients together.

  2. Wrap the dough and let stand overnight (at least 12 hours) in the refrigerator DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!

  3. Once chilled, roll out your dough and cut into fun Holiday shapes

  4. Before decorating mix 1 egg white with 1 Tablespoon of water; then brush the mixture over the cut cookies BEFORE you add the sprinkles to help make them stick.

  5. Bake at 350 until golden brown.

  6. Let cool on a cookie rack and then ENJOY!

My Mom's original recipe card is pictured below. Fun Fact: There's a running joke in my family that we don't follow recipes and well it's sort of true. Anyone would look at this recipe card below and see a few holes and wonder, well what about this and what about that? All the women on my Mom's side could easily follow this and understand what to do. My husband gets so annoyed at this but what can I say, I guess its in the genes!

As I mentioned, this recipe has been passed down on my Mom's side of the family for years and now I'm finally learning the ropes and bringing my kids into the tradition. Unfortunately due to COVID this year we had to cancel our in person baking day where we'd normally spend the day with each other baking these together. This year we opted for a drive by cookie exchange which truthfully wasn't the same but a girl has got to have her Christmas cookies! Hopefully next year we can have our tradition in person and I'll share photos from our baking day with you.

If you decide to give these a try please message me or send a picture. I want to see how they turned out! And as always, thanks for letting me sweeten up your life a little bit at a time! xoxo ~ Allison

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