An Easter cookie that reminds us of the birth and death of Jesus, inspired from the sand dollar.
Sand Dollar Shortbread Cookies
- 3 1/2 cups GF Flour Blend use your own blend, or recipe below
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups butter not margarine
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 egg white mixed with 1 Tbsp water
- Sliced almonds for decoration
GF Flour Mix:
- 1 1/4 cup brown rice flour
- 1 1/4 cup white rice flour
- 1 cup tapioca flour
- 1 cup sweet rice flour
- 2 tsp xanthan gum
- Cream butter, add sugar until light and fluffy. Add the almond extract and salt. Slowly add in flour mix (you may have to mix the last bit by hand). Roll into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Divide dough in half and roll out between two pieces of plastic wrap. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut out into circle shapes. Place on cookie sheet, and brush lightly with egg wash. Then arrange almond slices into shape of star. Sprinkle with a bit of sugar, then bake at 350°F for 8-12 minutes.
Legend of the Sand Dollar
If you examine closely you’ll see that you find here, four nail holes and a fifth one,made by a Roman’s spear.
On one side the Easter lily, its center is the star, that appeared unto the shepherds and led them from afar.
The Christmas Poinsettia etched on the other side, reminds us of His birthday, our happy Christmastide.
Now break the center open, and here you will release, the five white doves awaiting, to spread Good Will and Peace.
This simple little symbol, Christ left for you and me, to help us spread His Gospel, through all Eternity.