2.5 cup flour
300 g (2/3 lb) butter or margarine
3 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
0.5 tsp baking soda
Salt on taste
Add-ons (ground nuts, dry fruits) on taste
Mix flour and baking soda.
Blend butter with sugar until the sugar dissolves, add egg yolks one by one and stir them well until an even consistency is reached.
Stir in salt.
Then, pour this mix into the flour, and make dough.
Do not over knead, just mix the ingredients.
Make a dough ball; place it in a refrigerator for 1 hour.
Then, roll the dough into a round shape about 0.5-0.8 inch thick.
Cut the cookies as you like.
Sprinkle a baking sheet with flour, and put the cookies over it with a confectionary bag.
Blend egg with water, and sprinkle the cookies with this mix.
Note: you can also sprinkle the cookies with ground nuts, sugar, cinnamon, and so on.
Pre-heat an oven to 230-250 C (450-480 F).
Place the baking sheet in the oven, and cook for no more than 15 minutes, just until the cookies start turning gold covered, or else you will get crunchy rather than “sand” cookies.
Serve hot or cold.
This is a very common dough for cookies and pies.
There is also another way to make “sand dough”:
On a clean table, make a “mountain” from flour, pour sugar, salt, spices, and soda over it, make a deep groove in the middle on this mountain, and pour an egg in it.
Cut warm butter into cubes, and place these cubes on the mountain’s edges.
After that, cut all the ingredients using long, wide knife, until you get dough crumbs.
Then, knead the dough for 2-3 minutes with cold hands, roll the dough into a ball, cover with clear plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
After that, roll and cut the dough as you need.