Butter Sand Tarts With Vanilla

Butter cookies
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 36 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
67 Calories
5g Fat
5g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 36
Amount per serving
Calories 67
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 43mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Calcium 9mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These sand tarts are delightful little cut-out butter cookies. The cookies are similar to shortbread. The butter is lightly browned in a saucepan.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 400 F. 

  2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or grease lightly.

  3. In a saucepan, melt the butter; cook until lightly browned. Remove from the heat and stir until cooled.

  4. Add remaining ingredients to the browned butter and mix well.

  5. Cover and refrigerate until the dough is thoroughly chilled.

  6. Roll the dough out on floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with 1-inch cookie cutters.

  7. Arrange on the prepared baking sheets.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes.

  9. If desired sprinkle warm cookies with sifted confectioners' sugar.