Sweet and simple

Sandbakkelse (also known as sandkaker, or sand tarts) are baked in special form tins that can be found at any Scandinavian store or any well-stocked kitchen store. Photo: tine.no

Sandbakkelse (also known as sandkaker, or sand tarts) are baked in special form tins that can be found at any Scandinavian store or any well-stocked kitchen store. Photo: tine.no

Sanbakkelse are a must for your Christmas baking.

Recipe by Myrtle Jodry

Cookie Base

1 lb butter (4 sticks), softened to room temperature

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp baking powder

6 cup all-purpose flour, sifted

Filling

12 Tbsp butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened

1/2 c sugar

4 eggs

8 oz almond paste

Preheat the oven to 450°F. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until mixed. Add eggs, one at a time, until well-combined. Add in the baking powder and flour, and mix until incorporated. Press the mixture into the sandbakkel tins. In a glass bowl, heat the almond paste in the microwave in 15-second increments until softened. Add the remainder of the ingredients and stir until combined. Put 1 tsp filling in each shell, and bake for 10 – 15 minutes. Cool completely and tap on bottom of tin to release. Serve plain, or fill with whipped cream, fruit or other fillings right before serving.

Submitted by Beatrice Wishart of Poulsbo, Wash.

This article originally appeared in the Dec. 2, 2011 issue of the Norwegian American Weekly. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (800) 305-0271.

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