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. Ari @ Ari's Menu says:

    These are so cute and I love the slivered almonds on top!! I am obsessed with almond extract too! PS your nails always look so pretty in your pictures!

    1. Thank you Ari!! I just painted them before the photoshoot lol.

  2. These are so cute Sally! 🙂

  3. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says:

    Oh I love these! When I used to travel to Asia, I would comb the markets until I found the perfect almond cookies!

  4. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) says:

    Cute! A beach-themed foodie party would be so much fun. I’ve seen similar cookies on pinterest, but yours are way cuter 🙂

  5. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says:

    Oh these cookies are so perfect for the summer! or year around when I want to be reminded of white sandy beaches.

  6. so yummy looking! i think i’m going to have to try them out very soon…

    1. Let me know how you like them!

  7. Mimi @ Culinary Couture says:

    How adorable! I’ve been looking for a good sugar cookie recipe, so I’ll have to try yours! These look absolutely scrumptious!

    1. Thanks Mimi! And these are my go-to sugar cookies. Soft, chewy, and easy! No fuss recipe.

  8. These are so pretty! Perfect for baby/wedding showers etc!

  9. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    I’m all over these! Fabulous!

  10. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar says:

    So stinkin’ cute and perfect for summer! Plus I love the cinnamon coating – yum!

  11. These are so creative Sally! They look perfectly soft and chewy!

  12. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life says:

    I thought they were snickerdoodles, too! They are lovely, as are your nails! My family would flip over the cinnamon and sugar and I would flip over how pretty they are!

  13. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    Beachy days with beachy drinks are the best days! Oh, girl…you had me at “soft snickerdoodles with a hint of almond”. I just adore good quality almond extract in cookie dough and your Sand Dollar cookies are so pretty! Hope you had a fabulous 4th of July holiday weekend! Thanks for sharing! xo

  14. It’s actually from Pier One – I think. I got it last year! Thanks Liz.

  15. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    Cinnamon sugar cookies sound major right now!

    Have a great trip, behave. 😉

  16. My cinnamon loving kids will go nuts for these cookies! I love the almond garnish, too!

  17. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    Awesome cookies Sally! They are so pretty, and OMG I’d eat a dozen.

  18. Cassie | Bake Your Day says:

    These are so fun. Very creative idea, Sally!

  19. Adorable! I love this idea, and it even makes me willing to use almonds (usually I’m not a nut person). Anything with cream of tartar is worth a shot! I love that you added some process photos…your finished products are always beautiful, but it’s nice to have the different stages as well. 😀 Enjoy your friend-time!!

    1. Thanks Caley! I am trying to include more in process shots when I have the chance to bake during daylight hours. 🙂 You have to try these!

  20. Megan @ For the Love of Cookies says:

    *Reads description* I wonder why she didn’t use the snickerdoodle recipe. *Reads next sentence* Ohhh…So glad you explain everything you do! And these are so stinkin’ cute- I want to have a beach party right now!

    1. Yep – they were much too thick to resemble a sand dollar. Thanks Megan!

  21. Alexis @ says:

    These are so cute after being rolled in the cinnamon sugar. Perfect for the beach.

  22. You are right. Sand dollars they are and adorable, too! It takes me awhile on Monday to rev up the engine, so to speak!

  23. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    These are so freaking adorable, Sally! A perfect summer cookie!

  24. These are a must bake, my Hubby loves to dunk a biscuit in his coffee and these are perfect 🙂

  25. Your Soft-Bake Funfetti Sugar Cookies are some of my absolute favorites! So excited to try this cute variation, Sally. So fun and beach-themed!

  26. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig says:

    These are so, so darling! I love the way look. How perfect for a beach weekend!

  27. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    I think these cookies are almost better than a weekend at the beach! If they’re even better on day 2 (and I KNOOW they’re bomb on day 1!!) then I’d just turn on the AC, make myself the biggest fruity cocktail, and eat these bad boys all weekend long! So gorgeous!

  28. These are just too cute!! I want a big stack of them

  29. Jamie @lifelovelemons says:

    These. Are. Adorable.

  30. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    These are so stinking cute! And how can anyone resist a cinnamon-sugar cookie?!

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