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Sandbakelse (Sand Tarts)

Sandbakelse (Sand Tarts)

Sandbakelse (Sand Tarts)

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Sandbakelse (Sand Tarts)
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Course: Filled Cookies, Molded CookiesCuisine: Norwegian, Swedish, FinnishDifficulty: Medium



Scandinavian shortbread tarts made in special molds (see note*). These can be eaten as-is as a buttery cookie, or used as a mini tartlet filled with jam or whipped cream. These are generally considered a Norwegian cookie (also called Sandkaker) but many Swedish have claimed them as well (Mandelmusslor)! In Finland, they are Hiekkahentuset.


  • 1 cup butter at room temperature

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

  • 3 cups sifted enriched flour (sift first, then measure)

  • filling such as whipped cream, jam, or preserves (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350F and use non-stick spray on small sandbakkel tins (see note*). 
  • Thoroughly cream butter and sugar; add egg and beat well. Add almond extract. Stir in flour.
  • Pinch off a small ball of dough and place in center of tin; with thumb, press dough evenly and as thinly as possible over bottom and sides.
  • Place molds on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 F about 12 minutes or till lightly browned. Cool on racks upside-down.
  • To remove: Invert molds and tap lightly. (Clean molds with dry cloth only, never wash them). Make sure the molds are completely cooled before re-using them again for your next batch. I would suggest baking one test cookie first to see if you have trouble removing the tart from your mold. If so, two suggestions: 1) grease or use cooking spray on the molds or 2) remove gently when they are still hot.

  • If desired, before serving, fill tarts with whipped cream, jam, or preserves before serving.


  • *Sandbakelse tins can be found at Amazon.com or Ingebretsen’s (best quality) or many Scandinavian shops. Used or vintage sets can be found on Etsy.
  • Common alternate names, spellings or misspellings: Sandbakelser, Sandbakkels, Sandbakkelse, Sandkakor, Mandelmusslor, Sandbakkelser, Heikkahentuset or Sandkaker.


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Would make these again. They taste great. Iwas looking for a cockie to enter a contest with and found these very good with wipped cream. Ilove makeing these for my family now and they love them.
- A Baker
I'm in 8th grade, and had to make a dish from my cultural backround. I made this, and everyone loved them. I brought 60, and there wern't any left after class. They are easy to make, and taste awesome. Add whipped cream, and they are even better!
- Madi
These are not quite the cookies my Grandma used to bake but they are very close. Unfortunately I was never interested in learning how to make the cookies my Norwegian grandmother used to bake until after her death. Since all of her recipes were written in Norwegian I thought the cookies I loved as a child were lost to me forever. Over the years I have tried many recipes for the cookies she made and have always been disappointed. This time the consistency was right and the taste was almost what I remembered. The only thing missing from these cookies was my Grandma's loving touch. Thanks for giving me back a wonderful holiday tradition. And as they say in Norwegian "Glad Jul!" (Merry Christmas)
- Kris
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