Living in Arizona, one of our favorite weekend getaways is road tripping to San Diego. It’s a fairly easy drive with kids in tow and there’s so much to do there, plus the weather is ideal! We recently loaded up the kids in the car and took a last minute San Diego road trip before school started back up. We spent some time on the beach and the kids are still talking about the sand dollars they discovered.
We hit up the library when we returned home to learn a little more about sand dollars. We learned that sand dollars are sea urchins. Living sand dollars are soft and covered in hair to help them move and eat. We also learned that the sun bleached sand dollars we found on the shore are actually skeletons. I love when I get to learn new things right along with my kids!
To keep the learning going, we made cookies that look like sand dollars. The cookies are gluten free, dairy free, grain free, sugar free and paleo friendly. They were a big hit around here and my kids were able to help make them!
2½ cups almond flour
¼ cup honey
2 teaspoons coconut oil
½ teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon coconut flour (for dusting)
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2: Combine the almond flour, honey, egg, coconut oil, vanilla extract, baking soda, sea salt and cinnamon with a mixer on medium speed until smooth. Chill the dough for 15 minutes.
Step 3: Sprinkle the dough with coconut flour and place between 2 pieces of parchment paper. Roll the dough until it is 1/4 inch thick.
Step 4: Remove the top parchment paper sheet and dip a circle cookie cutter in coconut flour and then cut out circles in the dough. Gather left over dough and repeat the process of rolling it out and cutting circles. Place the circles on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Step 5: Press 5 almond slivers in the shape of a star, as shown in the photo below, in the center of each cookie.
Step 6: Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool before enjoying!