Sand Dollar Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup unsalted butter, softened (15 sec in the microwave & another 5 sec will get you there, if you don’t want to wait for butter to soften on its own – HA – it is like watching paint dry – it’s simply fascinating ;)
2 cups powdered sugar (mmm mmm mmm…can taste the sugary goodness already!)
2 eggs whole
2 eggs separated (yolks in one bowl/whites in another – c’mon it’s fun!)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 pinches of kosher salt
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
cinnamon sugar (this gets sprinkled on top)
sliced almonds 
 

Instructions

  • heat up the kitchen appliance to 350° F.
  • in a very massive bowl, cream along the butter and small-grained sugar; combine till terribly creamy. (I might or might not have taken a lick once this step – HA! ;)
  • Add the two whole eggs and a couple of yolks solely (reserve the whites for later from the egg separation above); Beat till well combined.
  • Add vanilla and salt; mix well.
  • Add flour and baking powder; Stir till the dough is incredibly soft.
  • type a ball with the dough; Wrap in wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours (I left mine within the electric refrigerator overnight).
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Roll out the dough to 1/4" thick on a floured surface and cut out a pair of 5/8” circles.
  • Brush the circles with the reserved egg whites.
  • Sprinkle every circle gently with cinnamon sugar and press five almond slices into the middle of every circle to form a sea urchin (like the pic above).
  • Bake at three50° F for 3 minutes.
  • once three minutes, take away the baking sheet from the kitchen appliance and press the almonds in once more, creating slight indentations within the circle.
  • Add additional cinnamon at now too, if need be, to regulate the coloring of the ultimate cookie.
  • Place the baking sheet back within the kitchen appliance and bake till the perimeters square measure golden brown, another ten minutes (this time can vary reckoning on however thick you narrow the circles, thus simply keep a watch on them round the seven minute mark).
  • take away from oven; Let rest on baking sheet for three minutes.
  • Transfer to chilling racks to cool fully.
  • Dig in!!!
  • Store in Associate in Nursing airtight instrumentation to stay up to five days (Yeah right, these won’t last five minutes!)


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