bake: Sand Dollar Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Sand Dollar Cinnamon Sugar Cookies | @mamamissblog #sun #surf #sand #beach

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 Sand Dollar Cinnamon Sugar Cookies, 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 :)

Sand Dollar Cinnamon Sugar Cookies | @mamamissblog #sun #surf #sand #beach

And here it is, every bit of its fabulousness (it’s a word now, don’t ya know?!) ;)

Sand Dollar Cinnamon Sugar Cookies


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Mixer
  • Spatula
  • Plastic wrap
  • Rolling pin
  • 2 5/8”(68mm) circle cutter (I used this)clip_image001
  • Pastry mat (I have this oneclip_image001[1]) or a clean floured surface
  • Pastry brush
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheets
  • Cooling racks

Sand Dollar Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Yield: Yields 4 dozen 2 5/8” circle cookies (or 3 dozen sand dollars & 7 misc. shapes ;)

Do you love sand dollars as much as me?! Try these easy to make sand dollar cinnamon sugar cookies - that look just like the real thing! Yummy & perfect!


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


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. 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! ;)
  3. Add the 2 whole eggs and 2 yolks only (reserve the whites for later from the egg separation above); Beat until well combined.
  4. Add vanilla and salt; Blend well.
  5. Add flour and baking powder; Stir until the dough is very soft.
  6. Form a ball with the dough; Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours (I left mine in the fridge overnight).
  7. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  8. Roll out the dough to 1/4" thick on a floured surface and cut out 2 5/8” circles.
  9. Brush the circles with the reserved egg whites.
  10. 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).
  11. Bake at 350° F for 3 minutes.
  12. After 3 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and press the almonds in again, making slight indentations in the circle.
  13. Add more cinnamon at this point too, if need be, to adjust the overall coloring of the final cookie.
  14. 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).
  15. Remove from oven; Let rest on baking sheet for 3 minutes.
  16. Transfer to cooling racks to cool completely.
  17. Dig in!!!
  18. Store in an airtight container to keep up to 5 days (Yeah right, these won’t last 5 minutes!)


Sand Dollar Cinnamon Sugar Cookies | @mamamissblog #sun #surf #sand #beach

Sand Dollar Cinnamon Sugar Cookies | @mamamissblog #sun #surf #sand #beach

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  1. This page would be a whole lot easier to use if you put the tools above the ingredients. When making something while using my iPad, scrolling up & down to see ingredients while following instructions… Having to go through the tools every time will be quite challenging the dirtier my hands become. Is it possible to edit?

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

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

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

  5. These will be perfect for my upcoming beach wedding. Can’t wait to make these for my guests :)

  6. I’m going to make these for my MIL this weekend for her birthday. She LOVES all things “shell” related..this is perfect!! Almost too pretty to eat!!!!

  7. Making these for my daughters 3rd birthday, Little Mermaid, party. Can’t wait! Love the idea!

  8. I just made these! They are bangin! Thank you! This is the first thing on pinterest that worked out perfectly for me! hahaha

  9. These are beautiful! I have to make them for my mom!

  10. These look delicious.

  11. Awww… These cookies really look like sand dollars! How awesome! Very beautiful cookies. And I am sure they are tasty too.

  12. Oh my goodness! I’m pretty sure I have to make these!

    • hehe – they were very good & seeing them so much lately I think I must revisit them again SOON!!! Thanks for taking the time to check them out Aleacia :)) xx ♥ m

  13. Love the cookies I just made the dough ( it’s in the fridge as we speak). I was just wondering what the measurements were f

    • Oh no I accidentally sent message without finishing. Here’s the rest I wanted to know what the measurements were for the cinnamon sugar

      • Hey Becks :) I think I personally used about about a 1/2 cup of sugar & added 1 Tablespoon of cinnamon to it, then swirled it around, but I definitely didn’t use all of it. It’s pretty much up to you on how much sugar you want on top…loads or a little :) Hope that helps!!

        xx ♥ m

      • Alex, Leia, and Bianca says:

        My friends and i saw your recipe and thought it looked delicious. We were going to make this for thanksgiving the day before. So we were just making this now, and after putting all of the ingredients together and mixed everything we got to step 4 when we realized you didnt list how much flour to use. Help!

      • Hey ladies!!! You would include all of the flour listed in the ingredients – the “3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour” :) Hope that clarifies!! Have a Happy Thanksgiving :)

        xx ♥ m

  14. Hey Melissa…I made these sand dollar cookie. They were wonderful. I made a double batch for my girls to take with them to a church youth conference. I received so many compliments. I certainly gave them your blog and credit to you. These were super easy too. I will be making again. Thanks

    • YAY!! So cool! Thanks for spreading the love :) I’m so glad they turned out so well – makes me smile ear to ear – I ♥ ♥ ♥ it!

      xx ♥ m

  15. Hi! This recipe looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it tonight! I was just curious as to why you made the decision to use powdered sugar rather than regular sugar?

    • Hey Katy! I used the powdered sugar instead of replacing it with the regular sugar because I liked the fact that the powdered sugar had the cornstarch in it therefore allowing less clumps & more of a smoother texture in the final product :) That’s just what I was looking to achieve ;) But if you decide to substitute, let me know, I would love to know if the consistency came out differently :) Thanks for your sweet words & for stopping by too!!

      xx ♥ m

  16. These are so cute! A friend had pinned them on pinterest and I would like to try them. How much flour do you use?

  17. Melissa Meacham says:

    Love this idea for my daughters “under the sea” birthday party. One problem is she is allergic to nuts…any other ideas you could think of instead of almonds?

    • okay Melissa, you’ve stumped me (that’s why it’s taken so long to respond ;) But I finally had the light-bulb moment!! What about using a stencil similar to this ( & using a brown/beige sanding sugar to make the design. Just place it over each cookie and sprinkle to make the design. I would try to do it before they went into the oven so they would adhere to the cookies and still following the recipe by taking them out after 3 minutes & pressing the sugar in to secure it further. If you can’t find the exact shape out there you can always design your own by carving your own design into a blank stencil sheet. Hope this could be an alternative for you :) Let me know how it works!! Thanks for stopping by :)

      xx ♥ m

  18. cheeriosandlattes1 says:

    You are a featured favorite on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes this week! Thanks again for sharing!
    Mackenzie :)

  19. Hey, I found your site through the weekly Kid’s Co-op link-up. I am a Blog Ambassador for Melissa & Doug and I’d love to share your recipe on one of their Pinterest boards. Their theme this week is the ocean! Would you email me and let me know if I can have permission to do so? Danke!!

  20. These look so delicious! And they’re adorable, too! ;) Stopping by from Live Laugh Rowe!

  21. These are beautiful!! Thanks for linkin up last week! hope to see you again this week!

  22. Oh my GOODNESS! These are just SO adorable and such a simple, but creative idea! I found you via the Chef in Training Talent Show. Your site looks FABULOUS!

  23. Oh I love that you made your cookies into sand dollars!!! Such a cute summer cookie!!! And sand flowers and bunnies…totally legit:-)

  24. These are gorgeous, I have to try them! My kids will love them I’m sure. Pinning!

  25. Val @ Home Made Modern says:

    These are gorgeous! What a great idea!

  26. I LOVE these cookies

  27. Very cute! They would be great for a beach themed party! Sharing this on my FB page!

  28. Neat recipe. I did not scroll down enough to see the other remarkable sea creatures (new to science!). Very cool

  29. These are so adorable and yummy looking. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


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