What a fun way to start summer! I baked these a few months ago, when there was still enough snow on the ground to make summer feel like it was months away. But, I got to thinking about them again yesterday as I wore my shell necklace, which has a painted flower on the front that looks like these sand dollar cookies. My great uncle made it while serving in the Philippines during World War II, and it has always been a tradition to wear it around this time of year in memory of the veterans in our family. Though I usually make red, white and blue desserts a few times during the summer, these seemed fitting for our family, as well. The cookies are quick and easy to prepare, and I know my uncle and grandfather (who also spent quite a bit of time around water during his service in World War II) would have approved!
Make your favorite recipe for sugar cookie dough as directed, shaping the dough into circles. (There’s a great one in The Fit Fridge for Fit Families cookbook.) Use a butter knife to gently “ruffle” the edges so they appear jagged, like a sand dollar. Using a drinking straw and toothpick, poke small holes into the top of the cookie, and add slivered almonds to form the star. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, and bake. Serve out of a clean sand bucket. I put a brown dishtowel in mine for “sand” and lined it with a food storage bag to make it food safe before adding the cookies.