Dino-fy your Christmas baking with these simple festive dinosaur sugar cookies! A simple and truly delicious Christmas biscuit with homemade edible glitter. Of course, they’re dinosaur shaped, because why not?
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Rex’s Recipe Rundown
- Title: Festive dinosaur sugar cookies
- Food: Sugar cookies with homemade edible glitter
- Dinosaur: Any you like, depending on your cookie cutters
- Best for: Christmas, New Years and anytime you want a little festive sparkle
- Ease: 5 out of 5 – Our little dinosaur aficionado did all the work
Why should you make these festive dinosaur sugar cookies?
Simple, fun, festive and absolutely delicious. If that’s not reason enough to make these festive dinosaur sugar cookies, how about the fact that it is a great recipe to make with your little dinosaur fan?
And of course, these will be the cookies they will want to sneak from the Christmas cookie plate. You probably will too. Beware the midnight dino munchies! RAWR!
About the recipe
We weren’t actually planning to share this recipe, but they turned out so cute, we decided we just had to do it.
The recipes are not actually my own. Again, we’re taking basic recipes and giving them a dinosaur twist. And who doesn’t need sparkly colourful dinosaur cookies?
The sugar cookie recipe is actually from Liz at Owl B Baking. Hands down, these are the most delicious sugar cookies I have ever eaten – and I have tried quite a few. For all the tips about the finer aspects of this recipe, check out Liz’s post.
The only drawback to the recipe is the sheer number of cookies that it makes – they did not all fit in our biscuit tin. Perhaps this is an indication that we need to make a new cookie jar – perhaps something along these lines? (I sense another project in the works!)
The edible glitter is a recipe we made in summer to have with some ice cream – and then didn’t get around to having it with our ice cream. Our LDA had just enjoyed making bath salts using a similar technique and we wanted to try something that was equally easy.
We didn’t actually get around to using the glitter for our ice cream but it is perfect for our cookies. Our LDA chose the colours, naturally. Our Weck jars stored our edible glitter perfectly.
Tips to make your festive dinosaur sugar cookies perfect
Dinosaur cookie cutters are essential for this recipe.
We found that there were a couple dinosaurs that did not really look like dinosaur if they weren’t decorated or painted to look like dinosaurs (Our Triceratops looked really odd). Some of the tails and necks were also too skinny and tended to break.
This set of dinosaur cookie cutters looks like it would serve the purpose much better than the set we have.
A rolling pin with thickness rings is also extremely useful for making these festive dinosaur sugar cookies. It helps ensure that they are all evenly sized – for even baking – and helps with a more even spread of the edible glitter, too.
If you have enough space, at least 4 baking trays is also useful. You can prepare the next two trays while two are in the oven. We ended up with 7 trays worth of biscuits (which is why they don’t all fit in our biscuit barrel).
- For the edible glitter (for each colour)
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 tsp food colouring
- For the sugar cookies
- 300g unsalted butter
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tsp vanilla essence
- 3 cups plain flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
For the edible glitter
- Preheat the oven to 180°c and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Pour the sugar and food colouring into a bowl and stir with a spoon until all the sugar is coated with the food colouring. Alternatively, put the sugar and food colouring into a small jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake the jar until thoroughly combined and all the sugar has some food colouring on it.
- Spread the sugar on the baking tray in a thin layer and bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until the sugar starts to glisten.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before using.
For the sugar cookies
- Preheat the oven to 160°c. Line baking trays with baking paper.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy using a hand mixer. Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla and beat until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt and stir with a whisk to cobmine.
- Pour approximately 1/3 of the flour mixture into the butter mixture and gently mix on low speed until the flour is just absorbed. Repeat with the next 1/3 of the flour mix. Add the remainder of the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Scrape the sides and the bottom of the bowl while mixing to ensure all the flour is combined. Try not to overmix.
- Dust your work surface and rolling pin with flour. Take approximately 1/4 of the dough and roll it out until it is 5mm thick. Use your favourite dinosaur cookie cutters to cut out your cookies. Transfer them carefully to your baking trays.
- Sprinkle your cookies with your edible glitter.
- Bake for 10-13 minutes or until the cookies just start to turn golden around the edges.
- Allow to cool on the trayfor a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Store any leftover edible glitter in a jar with a tightly sealed lid.
Use an offset spatula when transferring your cookies to and from the baking trays. Take special care with the dinosaur necks and tails.
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Nutrition InformationYield 55 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 87Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 19mgSodium 39mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 0gSugar 5gProtein 1g
Nutrition information is a guide only as it will depend on the specific products and brands you choose to use for this recipe.
Make some of these delicious festive dinosaur sugar cookies
If you’re looking for a way to dino-fy your Christmas baking (or make your dinosaur baking more festive), then try these festive dinosaur sugar cookies with edible glitter. They are simple and absolutely delicious and your little dinosaur fan will definitely enjoy cutting them out and decorating them (and probably consuming them too).