With the holidays just around the corner, there is no time like the present to tackle that last-minute baking.
But rather than stick with the Christmas goodie status quo, why not kick your baking up a notch and add some ocean-themed fun to your routine. These beachy keen sand dollar cookies, will have you longing for the sun and leave you craving a little sand between your toes.
Not only do these sand dollar shortbread cookies look like the real deal, but they are also easy to make and taste absolutely heavenly.
When you can’t be frolicking at the beach, why not bring the beach home to you by adding a sprinkle of underwater magic to the “most wonderful time of the year”.
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 20-30 nicely shaped sand dollars
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Preheat the oven to 300°F.
In a mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. In a separate “dry” bowl combine the flour and rice flour ensuring that both types of flour are sifted and mixed well.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter and sugar. As you combine the two, it will eventually unstick from the bottom of the mixing bowl into a clump of dough. Check the consistency and if the dough appears to be slightly soft add a smidge more flour.
Once the dough is ready, roll into 1.5 inches in diameter balls and flatten until ¼ to ½ an inch thick. Place five sliced almonds in a star pattern towards the center of the cookies and using a knife add three small notches as seen in the picture below.
When the cookies are complete, prepare for baking by placing them on a cookie tray lined with parchment paper about 1-1.5 inches apart. Place the plate in the oven and bake at 300°C for 20-30 minutes or until golden.
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