Sand Dollar Shortbread Cookies

DIY Ocean Themed Christmas Cookies

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.

Sand Dollar Short Bread Cookie For Scuba Diving Christmas

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”.

A Plate Filled With Sand Dollar Christmas Cookies For A Scuba Diver

How to Make Shortbread Sand Dollar Cookies:


  • 1 lb Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 1 package or 2 cups Rice Flour
  • Almonds (for garnish)

Kitchen Material:

  • Mixer (or a spoon and bowl)
  • Parchment paper
  • 2X Cookie Sheet
  • Oven

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.

A Mixing Bowl Filled With Christmas Cookie Dough To Make Sand Dollar Cookies

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.

The Oven Filled With Trays Of Scuba Diving Sand Dollar Cookies For Christmas

Sand Dollar Fun Facts:

  1. By counting the growth rings on the plates of the exoskeleton, scientists can age a sand dollar.
  2. It can take up to two days for the sand dollars food to digest.
  3. Sand dollars tend to be found together, often in groups that number in the hundreds.
  4. In different parts of the world, sand dollars are known as sea cookie, snapper biscuit or pansy shell.

What other kinds of ocean-themed cookies have you tried making? Leave a note in the comments below, we’d love to try making them.

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