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Basic Sandbakkelser Recipe

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Basic Sandbakkelser Recipe


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Savor both the taste and the beauty of these light, buttery tarts on their own or when filled with whipped cream, berries, or other dessert fillings.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup superfine (Baker’s) sugar
  • 1 egg, well-beaten
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. flavoring of your choice (vanilla extract, almond extract, lemon extract, rum extract)


Preheat oven to 375º. Use butter or cooking spray to lightly grease 2" Sandbakkels tins.

Cream together the butter and sugar. Mix in the well-beaten egg followed by 2 cups of flour and 1 tsp. of flavoring. The soft batter should pull away from the sides of your mixing bowl; if not, add additional flour, 1 Tbsp. at a time, until it does.

With floured fingers, pinch off about 1 1/2 Tbsp. of dough. Roll into a ball, press into a tin, and use your thumbs to press the dough out to cover the bottom and sides of the tin in a thin layer (Tip: This dough is forgiving and as pliant as play dough. If you haven’t pinched off enough dough to line the tin, simply add more. If you pinched too much, use your finger to scrape off the excess that pushes up past the top of the tin, adding it back to the remaining dough). Repeat.

Place tins on cookie sheet and bake on center rack of oven for 10 to 15 minutes (checking at 10 minutes. Their butter content causes these cookies to burn fairly quickly).

Remove from oven and cool slightly. Turn the tins over on a baking rack or clean counter. If the tarts don’t fall out of their own accord, tap lightly on the backs of the tins with a knife or spoon to loosen. Let cookies cool completely before filling.

Yield: 30 tarts

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