Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Grandma Paul's Sand Tarts (Paula Deen)

Grandma Paul? I must admit the word, grandma has caught my attention...

I like to assume that all grandma cook and bake very well. hmmm... My grandma did.

I'm sorry that my grandma is not Paul... LOL! I guess that the name, Paul refer to Paula Deen's grandmother. This must be another Paula's relatives that bake very well as this recipe originates from here at Paula or Food Network, with many positive reviews and mostly 5 stars ratings.

Baking these cookies is using the same concept as baking milk crumbs for a chocolate cake at my previous post. After baking both, I begin to appreciate this new way of baking buttery crumbly treats using low temperature like 100 to 120°C and baking in an extended period of time. I like to say that baking in such conditions is essentially like slow baking... It is like infusing butter fully into the floury mixture and creating nice sandy and melting texture in the baked goods without over-cooking them.

Grandma Paul's sand tarts Paula Deen
Grandma Paul's Sand Tarts
With no doubt, butter is the star ingredient in this bake.
I have used just 4 ingredients to make these melt-in-the-mouth cookies.
Shape dough into crescent and coat with extra icing sugar
Baking at low temperature and 40 minutes...
The butter has fully infused into the rest of the ingredients creating a nice, sandy melting texture!

These cookies literally melt into my mouth with sweet milky taste and soft nutty texture... Simply irresistible!

What else can I say?
... oooooh!
... aaaaah!
... yum!

Have I can fully express my satisfaction with these sandy cookies? LOL!

Here's the recipe mostly adapted from Food Network

Makes 8-11 cookies (which is 1/4 of the original recipe)

60g butter, softened at room temperature
20g icing sugar, plus 20g more for coating cookies
65g all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting hands
30g almond meal for extra sandy texture.
You may use any nuts chopped into very small pieces for more crunchy texture

Preheat oven to 270°F / 130°C / 110°C fan forced. Line baking tray with baking paper.

Using an electric mixer at low speed or a spoon, beat the butter and sugar until smooth. At low speed gradually or by hand, fold in flour and almond meal.

With floured hands, take out about tablespoonful of dough and shape it into crescent. Coat the cookies with extra icing sugar and place the cookies about 3 cm apart on the prepared baking tray. Continue to dust your hands with flour as you make more cookies.

Bake for 40 mins. Dust with icing while still warm. Cool completely on wire racks and store in airtight containers.

Happy Baking
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  1. Sand tarts? I am attracted to the word and quickly scroll down to the finished picture.. Oohh, looks like "kai dan peang", but I know it tastes way much better and "heong" than "kai dan peang".. Ingredients are very simple, I have everything except the almond meal.. Yumyum, I can eat 5 sticks!

  2. At the look at it though it was called tart....its more to cookies. Tarts or cookies.....I know it will be gone into my mouth in no time. To me, all food taste good with almond meal in it.

  3. Zoe, this is very unusual! A cookie baked for 40 minutes. I am curious and maybe I will bake these too!

  4. Zoe, these Grandma Paul's Sand Tarts remind me so much of the almond crescent cookies that are also coated with icing sugar! I can imagine how tasty they were, esp with the use of almond meal!

  5. Super awesome! These are one of my favorite types of treats around chinese new year! It's not very difficult to make! I totally love how crumbly and yummy they look, thanks for sharing the recipe!

  6. Oh my... they melt in the mouth right? Must be really delicious!

  7. I'd seen these cookies recipe before but for some reasons i never got to bake them.. it's good to have your testimony so now i know it's worth the time and effort! thanks for this Zoe

  8. Hi Zoe, this is something new to me. Looks yummy, crunchy soft. I seldom bake tarts cos' I know there is butter in it.

  9. Zoe, these sand tarts look new to me, and the way u described, seem irresistible too lol.

  10. My grandma wasn't doing much baking.. so I had to learn baking myself :D
    These cookies look really yummy!

  11. I like your description of it melting into your mouth with sweet milky taste and soft nutty texture...tempting me to have a bite!

  12. I want to devour these wonderful treats, they look melt-in-mouth worthy :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  13. Melt-in-your-mouth can never go wrong!!!! What a cute name for the cookies hehe. :P~~~~

  14. Hi Zoe, these sand tarts must be really good ... sandy texture yet melt in the mouth ... yummy!

  15. Grandma recipes are the best! And these certainly look delish. Terrific stuff -- thanks.

  16. looks delicious, havent tried a paula deen recipe, going to try one soon :) Never got to enjoy my grandmothers both passed away before I was born :(

  17. My grandmother couldn't cook or bake, or knit or sew!

  18. This is new to me but i know i will love it as i love buttery melt in the mouth texture :)

  19. From your satisfied expression, I think we can all conclude this must be a very good cookie! :D

  20. Hi Zoe, these are really cute and looks really irresistible!

  21. Hi Zoe,
    I have seen this recipe at her website and thought it sounds nice, and now I know it really is good! This is the kind of snack that I would love to have with a cup of warm tea!

  22. Hi, Zoe, this sand tarts looks like banana to me! Hahaha!

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