One of my grandsons spent the night last week and out of the blue, he asked me if I would make a dinosaur cookie like the one on his pajamas. How could I say “no” to such a request:) I think his request for a specific cookie design was the first one I’ve received from one of my munchkins (grandchildren). Thank goodness this p.j. dinosaur was not technical, but rather a simple, whimsical design.
To accomplish my cookie goal, I traced around the dino with a piece of white paper, cut it out and then transferred it to a piece of cardstock which I used as a template for cutting out the cookie dough. It’s a big cookie (well, it is a dinosaur!), measuring 6-inches by 3.5-inches! Because of its size (I wanted to reproduce the original as closely as I could), I opted to do the head only.
I have the feeling that as soon as my grandson is given the cookie, his dinosaur will become extinct right away:)
To make your own dinosaurs:
- Mix up a batch of sugar cookie dough and royal icing.
- Make a template(with heavy paper) of your dinosaur, unless you are using a cookie cutter.
- Roll out cookie dough and place your template on the dough.
- Cut out the dinosaur(s) with a sharp, small knife and place on baking sheets.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-18 minutes depending on the thickness and your oven.
- Let cookies cool.
- Divide royal icing up and add food coloring. I used AmeriColor soft gel pastes: Electric Green, Electric Orange, and Super Black.
- Outline the dinosaur head in green with the #3 tip.
- Outline the scales(?) in orange.
- After about 20 minutes fill the dinosaur head in with the green icing and the scales with the orange.
- After the green has dried completely, add the black smile and nostrils.
- Add a small dab of royal icing to store-bought icing eyes and place them on the dinosaur. (I purchased the eyes from Coppergifts, but had to use a black food marker to make the pupils bigger.)