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Sand Dollar Cookies

Sugar cookies with a hint of cinnamon and almonds - they look just like sand dollars!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 23 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 123 kcal


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs whole
  • 2 eggs separated
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 pinches of kosher salt
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  • 1/4 cup cinnamon sugar mixture
  • sliced almonds


  • In a large bowl, cream together butter and powdered sugar, until very creamy.
  • Add 2 whole eggs, plus 2 additional 2 egg yolks; reserve the whites for later.
  • Beat mixture until well combined, then mix in the vanilla and salt.
  • Stir in the flour and baking powder until the dough is soft.
  • Form the dough into a big ball, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for about 2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or non-stick silicone baking mat.
  • Flour your workspace and roll out the cookie dough to 1/4" thickness. Use a round cookie cutter to cut the dough into circles. We used a 2 5/8” cookie cutter, but anything between 2 1/2" and 3" should work.
  • Brush the tops of the cookies with the reserved egg whites and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon sugar.
  • Press 5 almond slices into the center of the circle in a star pattern like you'd see on a sand dollar.
  • Bake at 350° F for 3 minutes.
  • At the 3 minute mark, remove the baking sheet from the oven and press the almonds in a bit further. Use caution as the cookies will be hot. You may want to use a chopstick or something similar for this step.
  • Return to oven and bake 10 more minutes, until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and allow cookies to rest on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.


Calories: 123kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 54mgPotassium: 52mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 56IUCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
Keyword almond, cinnamon, cookies, sugar cookies
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