I was drooling over some incredible photos of sand dollar cookies on pinterest lately. I love sand dollars (and cookies!) and I really wanted to make some, but knew I didn’t have the time for those fancy things. Around midnight one night, I was baking some cupcakes for my daughter to take to school, and some oatmeal cookies. I had remembered that there is a dairy-challenged kid in her class, so I thought I would make some dairy free cookies for that little someone. Pulling out an old recipe book of my Grandma’s the other day, I had happened upon a recipe for oatmeal ice box cookies, and yay, no dairy! So I mixed them up and put them in the freezer to chill. So as I was baking them (at 1 am), I thought maybe I could transform these plain oatmeal cookies into sand dollars. Leaving some of the dough overnight in the fridge, I determined to try it out.
These cookies really spread out when they bake, so patting them into ovals and making cutouts in the raw dough didn’t work, they just spread back together. Making a star shape on the top of the raw cookie with bits of dough didn’t look too bad, though. Next I tried cutting out circles as soon as the cookies came out of the oven. Ah, I think this will do the trick. I used the end of an icing tip to make the holes, it worked great. Decided not to do the dough designs on top, took too much time.
Very humble looking cookies, I admit. I wasn’t too crazy about the taste, but everyone else seemed to really like them. I think they needed some cinnamon and pecans!!
Right before the party I quickly melted some white (vanilla) candy melts (kind of like white chocolate) and piped on a simple flower shape and then sifted confectioner’s (icing) sugar over the cookies.
And yes, these cookies were made for a party!! (not just for us to munch on!) Stay tuned to see what party they were made for!!
And now you are wondering what these cookies have to do with Mexico?? Well, other than the fact that sand dollars abound on some of the beaches in Mexico and one time we collected a bunch of live sand dollars on a beach there, and my dad was crazy enough to let us keep them, pack them into a Pringles tin and travel hundreds of miles with them hidden under the back seat….making the van smell a bit fishy……other than that……….nothing.
I just really wanted to link up with a post my friend Amber who lives in Mexico did about their Independence Day celebration on the weekend!! I knew she would snap some awesome photos of what goes on in their town for Sept. the 16th and thought that maybe you would like to check them out, too!! 🙂 It looks like they had a great time!! I love the “carnival eggs” that they sell to smash on your friends’ heads!! They are painted so adorably. (We used to buy those in Guatemala, but on a different holiday….always lots of messy fun!!)
oops, I almost forgot to include the cookie recipe:
Oatmeal Ice Box Cookies Recipe from Vi MacDonald (dairy free)
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups oatmeal
1 cup shortening
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cream the shortening and brown sugar and salt. Add the oatmeal and flour and soda. Beat the egg with the vanilla and mix into everything else. Roll into a log shape, wrap in wax paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled (overnight is good. if you are in a hurry, put in the freezer for awhile). When ready to bake, cut slices, and either pat into the shape you want, or roll into a ball and flatten with a fork. Bake. (my recipe didn’t give baking instructions, so I guessed:) at 350 for about 9-12 minutes for large cookies. Don’t let them get too brown. Then pop them out of the oven, and while they are still on the cookie sheet, punch out holes for sand dollars (5 holes each cookie). Let sit for a minute, then transfer the cookies to cooling racks. When they are cool, ice with icing, melted chocolate, whatever, and dust with confectioner’s sugar to make the sand dollars.
When the kids came home the next afternoon, they said that the house smelled like those mini doughnuts that you buy at fairs!! I’m thinking about trying them again, but rolling the dough into balls then into a mix of cinnamon and sugar, then it would really smell like mini doughnuts!! yum.