Simple Sand Dollar Cookies

Sand dollar cookies might just be the easiest cookies you’ll ever make.  I know, I know.  I say that all the time.  But these cookies require nothing more than a round cutter and a bit of white icing.

See what I mean? E-A-S-Y, easy.

To make sand dollar cookies you will need:

  • white 20-second icing
  • white piping icing fitted with a #1.5 tip
  • pushpin
  • pearl luster dust or spray {optional}

Anywho, think of this cookie as a clock. Use 20-second icing to make holes at 11, 1, 4, 6 and 8 o’clock.  You must work quickly when applying the base to avoid any noticeable seams.  Once that’s done, make a ring around the edge of the cookie then quickly flood it all together.  Make sure to make your spaces wide enough so that the have room to spread without running into one another.

I got a little tiny seam because I was taking photos as I worked, but this is basically what it should look like.  Let the cookie dry completely before moving on.

Use a pushpin to mark the center of the cookie before adding the center star.

Using the pinhole as a starting point, begin forming loops between each of the openings.  There will be five in all.

Let the cookie dry.  You can stop there and it would be perfectly okay, but I wanted to add a little more pizazz to my sand dollar.

I added a few tiny dots above each loop and then gave it a little mist of pearl sheen with my airbrush.  The shimmer is subtle, but it really adds a lot.

These cookies can stand on their ow but they also look great mixed with pretty seashell, seahorse, and starfish cookies.  If you really want to get creative try laying them out on a bed of raw sugar, which looks like sand.  It really makes for a beautiful presentation.

If you would try to try your hand at some of the other cookies in this collection, just follow these links:

I don’t often say TGIF, but seriously…than GOODNESS it’s Friday.  I hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend!

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    Lark says:

    I’m thrilled to see the instructions for your lovely sand dollar cookies! I’ve been eyeing them since you first posted your nautical themed treats. If it weren’t 100 degrees outside today, I would bake these today. Thanks for the great, easy tutorial! I just love your site. Can I brush on glitter dust for a similar sparkled effect?

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    Ann P. says:

    I’ve said it before, but i’ll say it again :) This is probably my favorite batch of your cookies! I’m a gal who loves her glitter!

  3. 13

    We bought today some sand dollars for Tiffany to play with but your sand dollar cookies look so much better and they are edible! What’s not to love?!

  4. 14
    Annie says:

    Oh, I just love all of these! So gorgeous.

  5. 15
    Vidya says:

    Looking yummy and delicious……. :)

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    Barbara says:

    Very cool :)


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