Food styling by my 7 year old daughter, Sylvie.
My girl is obsessed with the ocean and collecting shells and sand dollars and having every imaginable dolphin object there is. I thought it would be fun to make her cookies that look like sand dollars, then write about our recipe. She took it to a whole new level and decided to create a beach scene for the cookies. Sylvie busted out her shell collection and some goldfish crackers from her easter basket, then crushed some graham crackers to spread around yellow paper for sand. See that brown fuzzy round object in the top left corner? That’s her coconut. She spent a good 30 minutes making the perfect beach scene – paper palm tree included. It’s almost hard to tell where the cookies are! Check out Sylvie with her brother chowing down on the tasty sand dollar sugar cookies.
Sand Dollar Sugar Cookies
1 stick + 1 tablespoon butter at room temp
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
In the bowl of a mixer combine the butter and sugar and mix until fluffy – 1 to 2 minutes on medium. Add the egg and vanilla and mix for another minute. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl then add to the mixing bowl and stir to combine and a smooth dough forms. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spoon a ball into your hand and roll it and flatten it out onto a parchment lined baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Place 5 slivered almonds onto the center of each cookie and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake for 9 – 12 minutes.
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