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Festive Sand Dollar Cookies

Posted by Jody on December 11, 2012

‘Tis the season to be baking. Fa la la la la!

I definitely have my own favorites for our family Christmas cookie line up, and some kind of yummy cut-out sugar cookie is always on that list!

Let's Roll!

Let’s Roll!

This year I decided to try something a little different. Inspired by my collection of sand dollars, I thought it would be fun to try out an idea for coastal themed Christmas cookies. Of course, these sweet beach treasures are great for any time of year and would be a big hit at any luau or beach picnic!

I used a sugar cookie recipe that I found at Art of Dessert (recipe below).

I used a small mouth Mason jar lid for the cookie cutter.

I used a small mouth Mason jar lid band for the cookie cutter.

After rolling out the dough to 1/4 inch, I used a small mouth Mason jar lid band to cut out my cookies. It was just the right size (almost 3″ across) for the sand dollar I was trying to match. Once the cookies were cut and placed onto the cookie sheet, I pressed five whole, blanched almonds into the shape of the sand dollar design in the bottom center of each cookie dough circle. For some of the sweet treats, I used a plastic drinking straw to push a hole through the top of the cookie (for hanging). Before placing the cookie sheet into the oven, I sprinkled the cut-outs with sugar. For the first batch of sand dollar cookies, I used a lighter sugar crystal. Thinking that I’d like the remaining batches of the cookies to look a little more “sandy,” I used a darker “raw” sugar for sprinkling on the rest.

The first batch is ready for the oven!

The first batch is ready for the oven!

Second batch (sprinkled with "raw sugar") ready for the oven

Batch #2 (sprinkled with the darker “raw sugar”) is ready for the oven.

Of course, hanging your tempting sand dollar cookies on the Christmas tree is optional. You might want to wait until just before the guests arrive to keep these goodies safe from dogs, kids, elves and cookie monsters of all ages!

Festive Sand Dollar Cookie Ornament

Yummy and Festive Sand Dollar Cookie Ornament

You’ll need to use a sugar cookie recipe that would make a sturdy enough dough for setting the blanched whole almonds into the sand dollar design.

Here’s the basic recipe I used:

Egg-Free Sugar Cookies

Makes about 4 dozen cookies (This size of sand dollar made 30 cookies)
Allergy Note: contains wheat and dairy ingredients

3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract (I’m thinking of adding a touch of almond extract to my next batch.)
1/4 cup milk

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in vanilla extract and milk.  Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Divide the cookie dough in half, form them into discs and wrap them in wax paper or plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for about 1 hour or until slightly firm.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, take out one of the discs and roll it to about 1/4 inches thick. Cut into shapes and transfer onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. (Here’s where I pressed in the whole, blanched almonds and sprinkled on the sugar “sand”.) This dough can get a little too soft to handle at room temperature so you may have to return it to the refrigerator after rolling and cutting your first batch of cookies. You can bring out the second disc when you’re ready to roll and cut the second batch for baking.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the golden brown around the edges.

For Santa

For Santa Claus

You might want to consider making a double batch if you want to have any left for Santa!


Pismo Beach Sand Dollars

Pismo Beach Sand Dollars


47 Responses to “Festive Sand Dollar Cookies”

  1. Maryanne said

    I’m torn — do they look delicious or too pretty to eat 🙂

    Seriously, these sound wonderful and I’m so happy that it’s all natural, clean ingredients. Nothing beats homemade!

  2. kiwiskan said

    Such a clever idea – they look lovely!

  3. shazzarob said

    They look lovely.:)
    However What exactly are Sand dollars? I am from the UK so not in the know…..

  4. You know I love these! What a lovely idea for gifts for the neighbors too!! I hope mine look as good as yours!


  6. Can’t cook, won’t cook… but even I am tempted to find an apron (whatever that is) and have a go. They look great. But where do I find the oven?

  7. shazzarob said

    aha now I know what sand dollars are.I don’t think we have them here.Very unusual.thanks for sharing the link.x

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  9. frizztext said

    nice ritual, Jody!

  10. Monique said

    Oh, these are beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  12. lynnwyvill said

    these are so cute! What a clever idea. They’d never make it to the tree, though. LOL

  13. Very creative, Jody. I bet the cookies taste fantastic too. I have to say, I’m glad you picked sand dollars as a source of your inspiration. I don’t know what it is about them, but they have a look that is intriguing to me.

  14. Jody said

    Reblogged this on Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches and commented:

    Yummmy! I’m making these again this week!

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  16. Yummy!

  17. Maggie Beck said

    Ok. These have to be made here. Yes! Thanks, Jody!

  18. That is so cool! Thanks for sharing…

  19. nutsfortreasure said

    LOVE THESE!!!!!!

  20. nutsfortreasure said

    Reblogged this on Living and Lovin and commented:
    You know how I adore ANYTHING BEACH!!!!!

  21. Jueseppi B. said

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

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