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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Dreaming of the Beach

I need warmer weather. I am tired of the rain. I am tired of being cold.  I need to go to the beach and hunt for Sand Dollars.
These are the next best thing!

Sand Dollar Cookies

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
Sliced almonds
Cinnamon sugar * I used Penzey's cake spice to make Spiced sugar.  about 2 teaspoons to a cup of sugar. You want it rather dark.

Preheat oven to 350

Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Set aside
In the mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.  When light and fluffy, add the egg and extracts. Mix well
Gradually add in the flour mixture.
Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop out balls of dough. Dip the tops into the cinnamon sugar. Flatten them a bit with a glass. I had to find one without a pattern on the bottom! Then using five of the almond slivers make a pattern that looks like the indentations on a sand dollar.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes. My oven with the big cookie sheets took 14 or until lightly browned.
Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely

The cookies do spread out a bit. 

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