Its Christmas Cookie time! Today I am sharing one oof my favorite cookies, a sand dollar cinnamon cookie! Me and my favorite bloggers have decided to do a cookie exchange and each share a cookie recipe. This cinnamon cookie is so light and fluffy, its almost more like a cake texture, and with the cinnamon and sugar on top, its similar to a snickerdoodle, but also completely different.
You may wonder why I call them a sand dollar cinnamon cookie? Well, when they bake up, they look just like a sand dollar. They are slightly taller in the middle, and the cinnamon and sugar crackle on the surface, giving the cookie a fun design. Anytime I look at these cookies I see sand dollars. It doesn’t help that we were just at the beach and gathered up a few.
I love anything with cinnamon and these cinnamon cookies are a perfect treat to make for your friends and neighbors during the holidays or any time of year!
How to make these cinnamon cookies:
These are quite easy to make, but I have a couple tips to make it easier. Once you have mixed your batter, you will notice it is quite loose, more like a cake batter.
I like to chill the batter in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes to let it firm up slightly. This also helps the cookies to stay nice and fluffy.
These cinnamon cookies are made with shortening. You want to use this, because it helps the cookies to not spread as much as if you were to use butter. With a higher melting point, it keeps the cookies tall and fluffy.
Since this batter is more loose than others, I like to put it in a piping bag, and then pipe it onto the pan this way. It is much easier and less messy than using a spoon.
I do think that they are the quite the pretty cookie! They are nut free, and you just can’t go wrong with cinnamon and sugar in my opinion.
These cinnamon cookies have a different texture than a traditional snickerdoodle. They are light and fluffy almost like a cake. They are like eating little pockets of cinnamon/sugar air.
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Get the recipe for these sand dollar cinnamon cookies below:
Sand Dollar Cinnamon Cookies
These were named for their similarities to those amazing sand dollars you find at the beach. These cinnamon cookies are so delicious. They are light, fluffy and tender, with just the right amount of cinnamon and sugar sprinkled in the top.
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups All purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Mix the shortening, sugar and egg in a mixer until well blended
Stir in the buttermilk and vanilla
Sift together the flour, soda, and salt, then mix into the batter just until combined. It will be a very soft batter, more like cake.
Chill the dough in the fridge for about 20 minutes or even longer. The longer you chill the fluffier they are.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
Drop rounded teaspoon fulls of batter onto the pan. I like to use a pastry bag and pipe the batter onto the pan. This gives them a more uniform appearance. It also makes it much easier.
Mix together the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle onto the top of the cookies before baking.
Bake for 8-10 minutes untl they are set but not brown.
These get even better when stored in an airtight container. They are light and fluffy and so delicious.
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