bake: Sand Dollar Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

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Well, since it is beach week here at the mama♥miss abode, I thought, why not make some beach-y cookies?

YAY!  Genius thoughts I might add if they involve cookies!! :)

While I made these pretty little babies, little miss V was given a little slab of dough all her own to make her own little creations (this dough is PERFECT for those little hands to work with!)

What, you didn’t know you could find sand flowers & sand bunnies at the beach?  Well, you must not have looked hard enough :)





And here it is, every bit of its fabulousness

(it’s a word now, don’t ya know?!) ;)

sand dollar cinnamon sugar cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (15 sec in the microwave & another 5 sec will get you there, if you don’t want to wait for butter to soften on its own – HA – it is like watching paint dry – it’s simply fascinating ;)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (mmm mmm mmm…can taste the sugary goodness already!)
  • 2 eggs whole
  • 2 eggs separated (yolks in one bowl/whites in another – c’mon it’s fun!)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 pinches of kosher salt
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • cinnamon sugar (this gets sprinkled on top)
  • sliced almonds
  • flour

Tools:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Mixer
  • Spatula
  • Plastic wrap
  • Rolling pin
  • 2 5/8”(68mm) circle cutter (I used this)
  • Pastry mat (I have this one) or a clean floured surface
  • Pastry brush
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheets
  • Cooling racks

Directions Part One:

  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and powdered sugar; Mix until very creamy. (I may or may not have taken a lick after this step – HA! ;)
  2. Add the 2 whole eggs and 2 yolks only (reserve the whites for later from the egg separation above); Beat until well combined.
  3. Add vanilla and salt; Blend well.
  4. Add flour and baking powder; Stir until the dough is very soft.
  5. Form a ball with the dough; Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours (I left mine in the fridge overnight).

Directions Part Two:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Roll out the dough to 1/4″ thick on a floured surface and cut out 2 5/8” circles.
  4. Brush the circles with the reserved egg whites.
  5. Sprinkle each circle lightly with cinnamon sugar and press 5 almond slices into the center of each circle to make a sand dollar (like the pic above).
  6. Bake at 350° F for 3 minutes.
  7. After 3 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and press the almonds in again, making slight indentations in the circle.
  8. Add more cinnamon at this point too, if need be, to adjust the overall coloring of the final cookie.
  9. Place the baking sheet back in the oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, another 10 minutes (this time will vary depending on how thick you cut the circles, so just keep an eye on them around the 7 minute mark).
  10. Remove from oven; Let rest on baking sheet for 3 minutes.
  11. Transfer to cooling racks to cool completely.
  12. Dig in!!!
  13. Store in an airtight container to keep up to 5 days (Yeah right, these won’t last 5 minutes!).  Yields 4 dozen 2 5/8” circle cookies (or 3 dozen sand dollars & 7 misc. shapes ;)

Adapted from Delicious Inspiration.

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Comments

  1. I used your lovely recipe for a Rain Gutter Regatta sailing birthday party recently (just posted about it on today’s blog post here: http://tikkido.com/node/1021). Thank you so much for the idea and tutorial–it was perfect!

  2. these look amazing ! i’m making these for my son’s 1st bday in December :]

  3. Can a sugar substitute be used instead of the powdered sugar for diabetics?

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  1. […] Sand dollar cinnamon cookies are made with dough, powdered sugar, sliced almonds and cinnamon sugar that goes on top. […]

  2. […] Sand Dollar Cinnamon Sugar Cookies – These cookies are as sophisticated and pretty as they are delicious. Rolled sugar cookies are cut, brushed with egg whites, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Sliced almonds give them a “sand dollar” motif. […]

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