Sand Tarts


1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs - separated
1 Tablespoon milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
cinnamon sugar mixture for top of cookies
Pecan halves, almonds or walnut pieces pieces for top of cookies


Beat the butter, sugar and egg yolks together. Add the milk & vanilla & mix
well. Mix the flour, baking powder & salt together. Add the dry mixture to the
butter mixture. Mix thoroughly to form a cookie dough. Wrap in waxed paper & refrigerate overnight. Roll a portion of the dough on a floured pastry cloth to about 1/8" thick or less. Cut with a round or scalloped cookie cutter, about 2" to 3 inches in diameter). Place
on an ungreased cookie sheet. Beat the egg whites lightly with a fork. Using
your fingertip or a small pastry brush, gently dab a small amount of the lightly beaten egg white on the centers of the unbaked cookies. Lightly sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the egg white. Place a nut in the center of each unbaked cookie and press it lightly in place. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about
7 to 8 minutes. Remove from the cookie sheets to a white paper -towel lined table or counter-top. Cool completely before stacking and storing in a can or air-tight plastic container.

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