Sand Dollar Cookies

These fun cinnamon sugar cookies look just like a sand dollar and taste like heaven! Try out this Sand Dollar Cookies recipe for a sweet and adorable treat. 

Sand Dollar Cookies Recipe

This childhood staple sand dollar cookie recipe is perfect for any kind of sea or ocean themed get together! If you know me, then you know that I’m a huge fan of cookies, so I wouldn’t just give you a mediocre cookie recipe. 

Some of my favorite cookie recipes that are super simple and kid-friendly are chewy mint chocolate chip cookies and strawberry cake mix cookies. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed with these delicious out of the ordinary cookie recipes.

I love making a mess in the kitchen with my kids and letting them learn and explore through experience. There are so many simple ways to help our kids learn through play as well! Puzzles, water tables, and more!

So have some fun and get your kids in the kitchen with you to make these fun and easy cookies!

Sand Dollar Cookies Recipe

Makes: 36 cookies

Prep time: 10 minutes

Chill time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

 

Ingredients for Sand Dollar Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ cup granulated sugar 

¾ tsp salt

12 tbsp unsalted butter, softened

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk

 

For garnish: 

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ cup sliced almonds

 

How to Make this Sand Dollar Cookies Recipe

These cookies are so cute and yummy, but they are surprisingly easy and quick to make!

 

You’ll want to use a food processor to make this dough. You can use a mixer if that’s what you have, but these cookies are meant to be crisp and the food processor doesn’t allow as much air into the dough. 

In a food processor, add the flour, sugar, and salt and process until the mixture is completely combined. 

 

Add the softened butter one tablespoon at a time and pulse between each tablespoon until the mixture is well combined. 

 

Add the egg and the egg yolk and pulse again until a soft dough forms. The dough will be pretty soft and sticky! 

Next, you should form your dough into a ball and wrap it in plastic wrap. Press the dough flat and place it in the freezer for about 15 minutes so the dough can chill. 

 

Once your dough is in the freezer, you’ll want to preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

 

You can also start preparing your cookie sheets during this time! Grab two cookie sheets and cover them with parchment paper. Set them aside until your dough is finished chilling.

 

 After the dough finishes chilling, cut it in half and place one half back in the freezer to keep cool. 

 

Next, you’ll start forming your dough into balls. The dough should be easier to handle now, but you should flour your hands to help prevent any sticking. Start breaking off pieces of dough and shape into 1 ½ inch balls. 

 

In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon. Roll each of the balls into the cinnamon-sugar mixture and place them on the cookie sheet. They should be about 3 inches apart. 

Spray a measuring cup or a glass with non-stick cooking spray and press each of the cookies until they are about 1 ½ inch circles. Sprinkle with a bit more cinnamon-sugar and garnish with almonds. You can place them however you’d like, but if you use 5 in a star shape they will look like sand dollars. 

 

Grab the other half of your dough and repeat the previous steps to shape them into cookies. 

 

When both sheets are ready, place them in the oven on either the top middle rack or the bottom middle rack and bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges. Switch the cookie sheets placement in the oven halfway through so they bake evenly. 

 

Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool in the pans for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Tips and Tricks for Sand Dollar Cookies

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  1. I get so sick of pulling out too much or too little parchment! I feel like I end up wasting so much, so I love using parchment sheets instead of rolls. Try using these parchment sheets that are so much easier and more convenient!
  2. You don’t want to skip chilling this dough! It can be so sticky and it really needs the time in the freezer for the butter to harden enough so that you can work with it. It’ll also assist in helping the cookies crisp up perfectly. 
  3. If you want these to be more uniform and presentable, you can use a cookie scoop! You’ll still want to form them into a ball with your hands, but the cookie scoop could help you portion them out perfectly. I really like this OXO cookie scoop if you are looking for one!

How should I store Sand Dollar Cookies? 

Since it’s so important that these cookies stay nice and crisp, you’ll want to make sure that they are kept in an airtight container. 

 

If you keep them sealed on your countertop, they should last for about 3-4 for days if you can keep your hands off of them!

 

Can I make this dough in advance? 

If you want to prep this dough beforehand, you can do it pretty easily! 

 

Make the dough just like the recipe says and instead of putting it in the freezer, put it in the fridge. It should last about 24 hours in the fridge and when you are ready you can pull it out and roll the balls just like you would if you had put the dough in the freezer. 

Share with us in the comments how your Sand Dollar Cookies turns out! And tag us on Instagram with a picture of your recipe! We would love to see it!

Check out these other great cookie recipes:

Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies

Carrot Cake Mix Cookies

Copycat Swig Cookies

Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies

 

Yield: 36 cookies

Sand Dollar Cookies

Sand Dollar Cookies

These fun cinnamon sugar cookies look just like a sand dollar and taste like heaven! Try out this Sand Dollar Cookie recipe for a sweet and adorable treat. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar 
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • For garnish: 
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
    3. Add flour, 1-1/2 cups sugar and salt to bowl of food processor and process until combined.
    4. Add butter, a tablespoon at a time, pulsing after each, until combined.
    5. Add the egg and egg yolk and process until a soft dough forms. Dough will be very soft and sticky.
    6. Form dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and press flat. Place in freezer for 15 minutes.
    7. Combine cinnamon and remaining 1/4 cup flour in small bowl.
    8. Remove dough from freezer and divide in half. Return one half to freezer.
    9. With floured hands, break off pieces of dough and shape into 1-1/2 inch balls.  You can also use a cookie scoop to get a more accurate size for your cookies. Then proceed to shape with floured hands.  Dip dough balls into cinnamon sugar, coating well.
    10. Place dough balls 3 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets.
    11. Grease bottom of a dry measuring cup and use to press dough into approx. 2-1/2 inch circles.
    12. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and garnish with almonds. You can use any number of almonds you wish. Five almonds will make the cookies look like sand dollars.
    13. Repeat with remaining dough.
    14. Bake for approx. 15 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. Bake one sheet on lower-middle rack of oven and the other on upper-middle rack, rotating pans with each other half way through.
    15. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pans for several minutes, then transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

  1. I get so sick of pulling out too much or too little parchment! I feel like I end up wasting so much, so I love using parchment sheets instead of rolls. Try using these parchment sheets that are so much easier and more convenient!
  2. You don’t want to skip chilling this dough! It can be so sticky and it really needs the time in the freezer for the butter to harden enough so that you can work with it. It’ll also assist in helping the cookies crisp up perfectly. 
  3. If you want these to be more uniform and presentable, you can use a cookie scoop! You’ll still want to form them into a ball with your hands, but the cookie scoop could help you portion them out perfectly. I really like this OXO cookie scoop if you are looking for one!

Don’t forget to save this Sand Dollar Cookie Recipe on Pinterest so you can find it next time you are looking for a unique and delicious cookie recipe!  

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