Throughout the last week, the local weather man predicted we might get a little snow over the weekend. A dusting. Two inches at most. Well, suffice to say, it was a wee bit more than a dusting. It started around 9am Saturday morning with a few small flakes coming down and by late morning, the flakes were huge and the grass was covered. By mid afternoon, after nap time in our house, it was time to get out there and play in that snow. My two munchkins did just that; played in the snow with Daddy. They made snow angels, threw snowballs and went sledding down the hill in our front yard.
Year after year, I’m not typically the one to get out there and throw snowballs. Instead, I take pictures of everyone in the snow, bakes cookies and get the hot chocolate ready. This year was no different, except instead of making my Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies, I made Hanukkah Cookies with my 5-year old instead.
Every year, I love baking Hanukkah Cookies. We have cutouts for a dreidel, a Jewish star, a menorah and a shield. The recipe is simple; it makes a ton of your basic sand tarts. We love to decorate them with blue, yellow and white dusting sugar as well as blue and white icing. With all the cookie decorating products out in the grocery stores during the holiday season, the availability of different products for decoration is endless.
So, whether you are baking for cookies for Christmas or Hanukkah or really any holiday or event, this sand tart recipe is perfect. It works well no matter your style: thicker or super thin tarts. You can make the dough in advance, or the day of your cookie baking extravaganza. Whatever your preference, these cookies are great not only to eat (of course!), but for making memories with friends and family alike.
Whether you are baking for cookies for Christmas or Hanukkah or really any holiday or event, this sand tart recipe is perfect. Whatever your preference, these cookies are great not only to eat (of course), but for making memories with friends and family alike.
- 1 Cup Butter
- 1 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 Tsp Baking Powder
- 3 Cups All Purpose Flour
- Pinch of Salt
- Non-Stick Spray
- Sanding Sugar Blue, Yellow, White, Silver
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix butter and sugar until smooth.
Add the eggs and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the batter until well blended.
For ease of use, divide the batter into two sections. Do not refrigerate.
Generously flour the rolling pin and your working surface. Roll out the dough until thin, but still workable. Use cookie cutters to make shapes. Use the non-stick spray to coat the cookie tray.
Add the cookie cutouts to the tray. Spray with oil or butter. Sprinkle dusting sugar on each cookie. Bake for 6 minutes or until lightly browned.
After baking, cool slightly. Eat immediately.