This and that: Fill the Cookie Jar with Sandtarts

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Fill the Cookie Jar with Sandtarts

I can't believe that it is time to Fill the Cookie Jar again.  It seems like it was only a few days ago that I filled it with  Pumpkin Chai Biscotti.  This month theme is Holiday.

I just can't wrap my mind around that Christmas is only a few short weeks away... Although with the snow and cold we are having I should be able to.  I have to confess that I haven't made any cookies yet for this holiday season. My second confession is that these cookies I made last year for Christmas and never did a post for them.  My plan was to make them again before I wrote up this post and take more pictures.. but not sure where the time went ~ I think too much time is spent surfing all the great blogs that I follow and finding new recipes (or at least that is what hubby thinks that I spend too much time on my computer).

Last year was the first time I made these cookies and I got very frustrated making them as they didn't want to come out of the shells properly.  They tasted wonderful even though they weren't the most beautiful cookies in the world and I had lots of crumbs.   I also ended up making Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies with the second batch of the crust that I made.  My goal is to make them again this year and I know that they will work out properly.  I have faith.

Sand Tarts
These cookies are slightly tedious to make as the are a few steps but if you can get them out of the molds they are worth the time you put in them.  They taste wonderful.

For Crust
1 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
2 1/2 cup flour
For Filling
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 tbsp corn starch
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
For Frosting
1/2 cup powder sugar
enough milk to make frosting slightly runny ~ a couple tablespoon
 1/4 tsp vanilla

For crust:
In mixing bowl whip butter and sugar well
Add egg and beat until fluffy
Add flour and put in molds, making a small indent into center so that you can put in filling.
Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.
Invert molds onto smooth surface and let cool.
To remove from mold, hold in hand and tap bottom lightly but firmly with a spoon.

For Filling:
In sauce pan mix sugar, whipping cream, cornstarch and egg yolks.  Cook at medium heat until thickened, stirring continuously.  DO NOT BOIL
Whip 1/2 cup butter until light and fluffy.  Add to cream mixture.
Stir in vanilla.
Pour small amount of filling into each crust.  Let set

For Frosting:
Mix powder sugar, milk and vanilla.  You want the frosting to be runny enough spread over the filling.

tarts with and without filling 

This is the molds that I used, the perfect one are the small flowers but I only have 4, I need to buy some more. 

Would you like to Fill the Cookie Jar?  Each month we are given a theme to make cookies for and you can decide if you want to make some cookies.  This group is a facebook group and was started by Cynthia from Feeding Big.  If you would like to join, head over to Feeding Big to find out more information.

LINKS:  Foodies& Crafties Soiree, Let's Get Real, Family Fun Friday, Baker's Dozen Cookie Exchange

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  1. Marlys, these are so pretty- I love sand tarts, so I know that I would love this version! That filling sounds a-mazing, and the frosting has such a beautiful sheen to it. I've never worked with molds, but now I want to. :)

    Love, Joy

  2. Wow, these look so pretty and are making me Hungry!! Thanks for sharing on DBB!
    Ciara @Teaspoon of Life

  3. Wow, they look great! I haven't worked with molds before but they create such a beautiful cookie!

  4. I have never heard of Sandtarts before. They look like a perfect Christmas treat!

  5. I love these! I mean anything that has heavy cream in them has to be good. They make me think of little pies that I could pop in my mouth! Yum. Thanks so much for being a part of the Fill The Cookie Jar group. I love seeing what you bring every month!

  6. I haven't made Christmas cookies yet! These looks delicious.

  7. Marlys, these sound delicious, I don't recall ever seeing a sand tart cookie. These definitely would be worth making for the holidays.

  8. These are so pretty! I've never heard of sandtarts before but they seem like the ideal Christmas cookie. A little fussy but worth the effort! Thanks for sharing with us at the Foodies and Crafties Soiree!

  9. These are so pretty, and they sound delicious!

  10. When I first saw them, I thought they looked like ravioli! I had never heard of them before either, but they sound delicious! Those molds are so pretty.

  11. Wow looks complicated but worth the effort. Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

  12. Your Sandtarts are one of my Features this week on the Foodies and Crafties Soiree! Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. G'day! Your cookies are beautiful Marlys, true!
    I have some of these molds, but have never used; perhaps based on your recipe, I should move this up on my list to do! :)
    Cheers! Joanne


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