Sandbakkels – Norwegian Sugar Cookies

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Last Updated on August 25, 2020 by Chef Mireille

Norwegian Sandbakkels

Sugar Cookie Cups are the perfect vehicle to stuff with anything. Eaten plain or stuffed with anything from berries to nutella, they are delicious!

tarts with berries

These traditional Norwegian Sugar Cookies are especially popular at Christmas but can be enjoyed for any special occasion!

There are two types of these Norwegian Sugar Cookies. One is called Sandbakkelse and are baked into your average circular cookie shape and decorated with colored sugar.

Then there are these Sandbakkels. Wow, what a difference one letter makes. These are baked into mini tart shells and can be filled with a variety of fillings, although they are often eaten plain as well. Sometimes it’s just fresh berries or custard and berries or even lemon curd.

I was so excited to make these because it gave me an opportunity to utilize my mini tart shells. Whenever we make a purchase, we want to make sure we are getting use out of what we purchase. Well I have only used these once before when I made these Smoked Gouda Tarts, so I was over the moon to get to use them again.

Do you have these mini tart shells. If not, you can can order your own here.

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s exploration into Scandinavian cuisine as much as I did. Let’s review this week’s as well as some other Scandinavian recipes from the past you might like to try.

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Whether you eat these Sandbakkels – Norwegian Sugar Cookies plain, fill them with plain berries, custard and berries or other options, they are equally delicious.

Sandbakkels collage

These are one of the most popular Christmas Cookies in Norway.

Sandbakkels - Norwegian Almond Butter Cookies
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Norwegian Sandbakkels – Almond Butter Cookie Cups

Sandbakkels are traditional Norwegian cookie cups that can be filled with anything or eaten plain, as is!
Prep Time1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 45 minutes
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Norwegian
Servings: 30 cookies


  • Ingredients:
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons almond essence
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour


  • To make the dough, combine butter, sugar and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer.
  • Add egg and almond essence. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Add flour and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Take small piece of dough and press in between your two hands to flatten.
  • Press dough into mini tart shells.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Rotate tray and bake for another 5 minutes.
  • Leave to cool for a few minutes.
  • Remove from shells by turning upside down and tapping the back with a wooden spoon.


To make it easier to remove from the shells, spray the shells with non stick spray.
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fruits in mini tarts with text

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  1. Oh these tarts look so cute ! I love the way you gave filled them but would definitely like them plain as well . Of course it’s such a pleasure to use our purchases , glad you could use these cute tarts .

  2. Wow! This just reminded me that I have these tart shells somewhere inside my pantry. Shall dig them out and bake these beauties as soon as I can. Love the versatility of these shells.

  3. This is so similar to Swedish butter cookies, but here you are making a tart. It’s simply great as you can fill anything in it and is great for the parties. The cookie cups looks amazing and tempting. and your clicks are superb.

  4. These cookie cups look perfect for summer parties too Mir. Quite easy to make too. Love your creamy custard filling and the berries on top — very pretty and inviting presentation.

  5. wow you have got some amazing collection of tart shells Mir .. Wonderful tart cookies , so perfectly made .. I would love to have them with custard and some berries .. Yummy !!

    • yes those tart shells are adaptable so both sweet and savory – just takes a little patience to mold all the small shells – something I don’t always have a whole lot of πŸ™‚

  6. Wow, these cookies are so cute. Love the custard and fruit filling. Tart shells are so cute and I am yet justify my mini tart pan purchase! I wonder when I will put it to use !

  7. 5 stars
    Perfect holiday trat Mir. I love them they are so delicious and like you said can be fill with just about anything.

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