Cinnamon Sugar Sand Dollar Cookies

Sweet cinnamon sugar cookies topped with sliced almonds to make adorable little beach sand dollars!

Sweet cinnamon sugar cookies topped with sliced almonds to make adorable little beach sand dollars! Recipe on

I must admit, these cookies are pretty cute.

Edible sand dollars!

Sweet cinnamon sugar cookies topped with sliced almonds to make adorable little beach sand dollars! Recipe on

I’m headed to the beach this weekend for my friend’s bachelorette party. I was feelin’ sorta beachy today and made some festive cookies to celebrate beach days. Long, carefree, relaxing days in the sun. Sand in our toes, beachy drink in our hands, and the cool ocean breeze.

The recipe I used for the cookies is my Soft-Baked Funfetti Sugar Cookies. I left out the sprinkles and rolled the dough in cinnamon-sugar, topping it all off with 5 sliced almond pieces. The cookies taste like soft snickerdoodles with a hint of almond. Feel free to add a dash of almond extract to the dough to heighten the almond flavor.

To make these sand dollar cookies, I was debating on using my Soft & Thick Snickerdoodle recipe. However, I wanted a flatter cookie so they would have more resemblance to sand dollars.

Sweet cinnamon sugar cookies topped with sliced almonds to replicate adorable little beach sand dollars!

This recipe is straightforward. Making the cookie dough could not be easier and the ingredients are quite simple. Your usual suspects: all-purpose flour, leaveners, salt, vanilla, butter, egg, sugar. That’s it. Make sure you do not leave out the cream of tartar. It is required for this recipe and there are no substitutions that will work properly.

Sweet cinnamon sugar cookies topped with sliced almonds to replicate adorable little beach sand dollars!

The finished cookies are ultra soft and chewy. In fact, they passed the true “soft cookie test.” They were still soft (and even softer!) on day 2. That’s a cookie jackpot to me.

Sweet cinnamon sugar cookies topped with sliced almonds to make adorable little beach sand dollars! Recipe on

How fun are these adorable cookies for kids? The dough is quite easy to work with, making it perfect for little hands. The kiddos can help rolling each ball into cinnamon sugar and topping with almonds. Their reward is a cinnamon-spiced “sandy” snack.

And the cookies are THE treat to bring to a beach-themed party or shower. And if you don’t have a beachy-themed get together to attend, then throw one! Make a pitcher of pina coladas, some BBQ, Key Lime Pie Squares, and a batch of today’s cookies. And be sure to invite me!

Fun Fact: sand dollars are said to be the lost coins of mermaids. 🙂

More cinnamon-y treats to try: salted caramel cinnamon macaronssoft caramel snickerdoodles, cinnamon chip pumpkin cookies, white chocolate pumpkin snickerdoodles, caramel surprise snickerdoodles, Snickery-doodles, soft & thick snickerdoodles, white chocolate snickerdoodle blondies, and snickerdoodle cupcakes with cinnamon frosting.


Cinnamon Sugar Sand Dollar Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 24 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Sweet cinnamon sugar cookies topped with sliced almonds to make adorable little beach sand dollars!



  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (190gall-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar


  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds


  1. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream the softened butter for about 1 minute on medium speed. Get it nice and smooth, then add the sugar on medium speed until fluffy and light in color. Mix in egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides as needed. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cream of tartar. With the mixer running on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 different parts. The dough is quite thick and you may have to stir the rest by hand.
  3. Scoop a large sections of dough (about 1 Tablespoon of dough each) and roll into balls. Make sure the balls are taller, rather than wide.
  4. Make the topping: Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Roll each dough ball into the cinnamon sugar. Press 5 sliced almonds onto the tops of each dough ball, as pictured above. Chill the balls of dough for at least 2 hours and up to 48 hours in the refrigerator. This step will prevent spreading in the oven.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. (Always recommended for cookies.) Arrange cookies 3 inches apart on baking sheets.
  6. Bake chilled cookie dough for 10 minutes. The cookies will appear undone and very soft. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 3 minutes and move to wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Cookies stay soft & fresh for up to 1 week at room temperature.


  1. Freezing Instructions: Cookies freeze well. Cookies may be rolled into balls and frozen up to 3 months to bake at a later date.
  2. Larger Batch: Recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.
  3. Be sure to check out my top 5 cookie baking tips AND these are my 10 must-have cookie baking tools.

Keywords: sand dollar cookies


  1. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    These are so cute, Sally! Definitely a fun summer cookie. Have a blast on your girls weekend!

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    Until you said it, I would have sworn that was your snickerdoodle recipe rather than your sugar cookie recipe. They look so much like snickerdoodles…and so creative, Sally! I have never seen a cookie like this, ever! And they do look just like sand dollars. How fun! And I love the cinn-sugar coating.

    And am even more impressed that your manicure is perfect, considering how many dishes, cooking, washing, wiping, etc. that you’re always doing if you’re anything like me!

  3. Jen @ Savory Simple says:

    They are indeed adorable!

  4. Paloma @ Paloma Loves Baking says:

    I was thrilled with this recipe until I read about the cream of tartar. Dang! We don’t get that kind of stuff here in Spain (or at least in the small city I live in). So, so sad! 🙁

    1. Hi Paloma! You could try leaving out the baking soda and CoT and using an extra teaspoon of baking powder instead. However, I have not tried this before with this particular recipe. The CoT is needed in the recipe to react with the baking soda as part of the leavening process. Using all baking powder may alter the texture and taste of the final cookie though.

      1. Paloma @ Paloma Loves Baking says:

        Thanks, Sally! I think I will give it a try. I will let you know how they turn out 🙂

  5. These are so pretty! I love snickerdoodles and soft sugar cookies!

  6. How cute, and perfect for summer!

  7. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

    OMG these are SO adorable! I love love love the beach and we all know I love cookies so hoooooray!

  8. Eva @ Eva Bakes says:

    We are heading to the beach next month and these will be perfect for our trip!

  9. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen says:

    I cannot get over how adorable these cookies are! They look just like sand dollars. These are perfect beach road trip cookies!

    1. Beach road trip cookies – yes! I should have called them that instead 🙂

  10. Sally, these are so cute and creative. I love that you used a sugar cookie base, but added tons a cinnamon. So completely awesome. Oh, plus your nails really add to the photos! LOL!
    I love the color and wish mine had some on right now. They are looking sad and boring. My nails, not your cookies. Nope, I am in awe over your cookies!

    1. I laughed so loud reading this comment, Tieghan!! “My nails, not your cookies” lol. And thank you about my nails – I had just painted them before shooting this. They are usually a mess because I am constantly doing dishes!

  11. I love the sound of these sugar cookies topped with cinnamon sugar – they looks so cute and adorable Sally! They make the perfect summer cookie and they DO look just like a sand dollar! So pretty!

  12. Kristen @ notsodomesticated says:

    Such a cute idea!! Perfect for summer. 🙂

  13. Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    Too cute Sally! These adorable cookies make me want to hit the beach…and I’ll certainly load my sand pail with about 20 of them, just to be prepared 😉

    1. Hahaha load the sand pail with cookies. I like your thinking Erin!!

  14. These are cute! And perfect for a beach break, essential even.

  15. These are the cutest! So clever. 🙂

  16. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner says:

    These cookies are adorable and absolutely perfect for the summer time!

  17. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

    Sally, these are so cute and creative! I love them! Thanks for sharing. Hope you had a fabulous 4th weekend!

  18. Jennie @themessybakerblog says:

    Sally, these are adorb! I love cinnamon-sugar cookies.

  19. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health says:

    These ares so freakin’ cute, Sally! I love the way your mind works- perfect for summer!

  20. How cute are these! My kids would think these are so cute!

  21. Looks like such a yummy recipe. I’ve been telling myself I’m not going to bake this week but honestly, you’re making very hard for me not too!

  22. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles says:

    Those are so cute! Now I need to find a beach party so I have an excuse to whip up a batch 😉

  23. Okay. These are the most adorable cookies I have ever seen!! I love all the pretty little speckles of cinnamon!

  24. These ARE freaking adorable, and they look delicious.

  25. Nora (Buttercream Fanatic) says:

    What a great idea! You are making me want to go to the beach right now – and bring a dozen of these cookies!

  26. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says:

    So cute! Perfect for a beach event.

  27. Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} says:

    These are just too cute! Very creative Sally. Perfect for a beach themed gathering for sure.

  28. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says:

    These are too stinken cute!!!!!!! What a great idea!

  29. Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies says:

    There are too cute! Great idea

  30. They look so yummy and easy to make .

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