Since the boys and I are focused on dinosaurs this week, I thought that it would be fun to make an edible project: Dinosaur Fossil Cookies. These treats are easy and tasty, making them a great way to engage your kids in some educational conversation while also having a good time.
I started with a package of refrigerated cookie dough, but if you prefer the homemade stuff by all means go for it! I’m always short on time these days, so I take the help wherever I can get it…
I set the dough out on baking sheets and gave one sheet to each of my older boys. I pressed the dough down with my fingers so that it was a little bit flat, making it easier to create our fossil imprints.
We then used these little plastic dinosaurs to press our fossils into the cookie dough. We discovered, however, that it’s best to spray your dinosaurs with a little bit of cooking spray so that they don’t stick to the dough. Works like a charm!
The boys had fun with this part, and they did a great job!
Look! Baby Spence is participating too (from the comfort of the Baby Bjorn!).
Once all of the cookies have a dinosaur imprint, it’s just a matter of baking them for the time indicated on your recipe. Since the cookies puff up and spread a bit in the oven, I used the dinosaurs again after the cookies baked to reemphasize the imprints in the warm, soft dough. That way the fossils are very apparent when the cookies cool!
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