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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.

Course cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cinnamon cookie, snickerdoodle
Prep Time 10 minutes
Refrigeration 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 Dozen


  • 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


  1. Mix the shortening, sugar and egg in a mixer until well blended

  2. Stir in the buttermilk and vanilla

  3. 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.

  4. Chill the dough in the fridge for about 20 minutes or even longer. The longer you chill the fluffier they are.

  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

  6. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

  7. 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.

  8. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle onto the top of the cookies before baking.

  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes untl they are set but not brown.

  10. These get even better when stored in an airtight container. They are light and fluffy and so delicious.