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How to Make Sand Dollar Snickerdoodles

Brooke Chateauneuf
Aug. 30, 2013

The kids will love smushing almonds onto these cinnamon sugar sweets!

Snickerdoodles have been my favorite cookie since I can remember loving cookies, but I had never made them at home before. I guess I was always worried that mine could never compete with the ones at the bakery. When I came across this recipe a while back, I decided I had to try it. Plus, there's nothing I like better than sitting on a beach, so the fact that these cookies look like sand dollars couldn't have been more perfect! I decided to just go for it, and I'm so glad that I did. The cookies came out even more delicious than I could have imagined and they've become a staple for every occasion that calls for cookies, which, sometimes, is just a Tuesday night.

Bake Time: 8-10 Minutes


  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Cups Confectioners' Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 Tsp. Vanilla
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 3 ½ Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • ½ Tsp. Baking Powder
  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • Sliced Almonds


  1. Let the butter reach room temperature.
  2. Cream together the butter and powdered sugar in a medium bowl.
  3. Separate the yolks from two of the eggs.
  4. Beat in two whole eggs and two yolks into the sugar and butter mixture.
  5. Add the vanilla and salt.
  6. In a separate bowl combine the flour and baking power.
  7. Add the dry ingredients to the wet.
  8. Form the dough into a ball and cover in plastic wrap.
  9. Refrigerate for at least two hours.
  10. Remove the dough from the refrigerator once it's firm.
  11. Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  12. Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper.
  13. Using a spoon or ice cream scooper, create once-inch dough balls.
  14. Brush the dough balls with egg whites and roll them in cinnamon sugar.
  15. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until they are golden brown and formed into circles.
  16. When done, quickly and carefully press five almond slices in a circular pattern onto the cookie to resemble a sand dollar.
  17. Let rest on a baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring the cookies to a cooling rack.

Tip: If some cookies crack, that's ok! Sand dollars are almost always cracked when you find them on the beach!

Check out some more tasty treats in our 9 Easy Dessert Recipes from Care.com »

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