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Sand Dollar Cookies

Before the military relocated our family, my children had never lived near the ocean. I came up with this special treat with a beach theme—it made our move even more fun!—Michelle Duncan of Callaway, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 1-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons almond extract
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Slivered almonds and cinnamon sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in extract. Combine the flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to roll.
  • Preheat oven to 325°. Roll each portion of dough between waxed paper to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a 3-1/2-in. round cookie cutter dipped in flour. Using a floured spatula, place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Brush with egg. Decorate with almonds to resemble sand dollars and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  • Bake 12-16 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 240 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 227mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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