Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sand Dollar Cookies

So for the past few weeks we have been learning about the seashore. What exactly it is and Gods plan for it. That is my favorite things about her science book. It always approaches every topic wanting to learn and discover what Gods plan is.

Things we learned when studying the seashore:
What is the seashore
The names of the oceans
Sea animals: Crab, Seahorse, Starfish, Sea Gulls and Sand Dollars
The food chain in the ocean

We made:
Ocean mobile
Food chain book
Star fish art 
Sea Horse sun catcher

Sadly I haven't been blogging this whole time, or I could have included some of our fun crafts in my posts. 

As a final ocean themed activity we decided to make Sand Dollar Cookies

Sand Dollar Cookies

1/2 c unsalted butter softened
1 c powdered sugar
2 large eggs - 1 whole, 1 yolk with the white in a separate bowl
1 t vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
1 3/4 c all-purpose flour
1/4 t baking powder

Cinnamon sugar
Sliced almonds

In a large bowl, cream together the soft butter and powdered sugar until very creamy. Add in the whole egg and yolk, then beat until well combined, add the vanilla and salt. Stir in the baking powder and flour until you have a very soft dough. Form the dough into a ball wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least an hour or up to 3 days. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out the dough to 1/4" thick on a lightly floured surface and cut into 3" circles. Brush the circles with the reserved egg white, sprinkle lightly with cinnamon sugar and press 5 almond slices into the center of each circle. Bake for 3-4 minutes, then take the sheet out and press the almonds in again, making slight indentations in the circles. Place the sheet back in the oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, another 7-10 minutes, depending on how thick you cut the circles. Store airtight for up to 5 days, if they last that long. 

These cookies were both fun to make, tasty and provided lots of opportunities for the girls to get involved.

After the cookies were done we took them outside to enjoy them in the very sunny 78 degree weather.

It was the perfect day for the perfect cookie. 

Recipe found on Delicious Inspiration

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