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Almond Sugar Cookies – Sand Dollar Cookies

Almond Sugar Cookies aka Sand Dollar Cookies. These easy to make, soft and delicious cookies are a nutty twist on a staple recipe. Freeze them to have on hand at a moments notice.

Almond Sugar Cookies

My daughter Olivia is hoggin’ the blog again this morning with yet another version of her favourite chewy cookies. These almond sugar cookies, aka Sand Dollar Cookies, are a twist on my original Soft Chewy Sugar Cookies.

Soft Chewy Sugar Cookies image with title text

Soft Chewy Sugar Cookies – my original version which this Almond Sand Dollar version is based on.

Today, she simply added a little almond extract and some toasted almonds to make a delicious little treat that my mother would call, ‘a lovely cuppa tea cookie’. The almonds and extract add a lovely nutty flavour to dress up this simple cookie. When she took them out of the oven, they reminded me of sand dollar shells that you would find on a stroll along a sandy beach.

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Almond Sugar Cookies or Sand Dollar Cookies


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Almond Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
These easy to make Almond Sugar Cookies or Sand Dollar Cookies are a actually a soft and delicious version of almond sugar cookies. Freeze them to have on hand at a moments notice.
Course: Cookies/Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Servings: 3 dozen cookies
Author: Barry C. Parsons
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter , softened
  • cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 - 1½ teaspoons almond extract (depending on how almond-y you want them to be)
  • ½ cup sugar for rolling cookies
  • ½ cup toasted slivered almonds to decorate the cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and very fluffy.
  4. Beat in egg, vanilla extract, lemon extract and lemon peel.
  5. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
  6. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and roll in sugar. Place on lined cookie sheets about 1½ inches apart. Press down the balls with the bottom of a drinking glass and push toasted slivered almond pieces in a star pattern into the cookies.
  7. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned.
  8. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

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Thursday 30th of October 2014

I don't see the slivered almonds on the ingredients list ??

Barry C. Parsons

Monday 3rd of November 2014

I just added it but really you only need enough to decorate the cookies. You could even count out the number of pieces for your cookies before toasting them if you prefer.

Prince2 Training

Wednesday 9th of January 2013

My little angel Amy loves cookies. I am always trying to make her surprised. Thanks for the recipe.

I. R. Hurdle

Monday 28th of May 2012

Does this recipe have lemon extract and lemon zest in it?

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