Monday, January 11, 2010

Ben's Fossil Cookies


Rebecca's seven year old, Ben came up with this cute cookie idea. After seeing knife marks in some baked scones we had made he thought we should figure out how to make fossil cookies. We decided that a shortbread cookie dough would work well since it doesn't puff or flatten.
We used a very simple recipe from our better Homes and Gardens Cook Book. This recipe is so easy that Ben made the dough himself.

What you need:
  • plastic dinosaurs
  • 1 1/4 cup of flour
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Gather up all your dinosaurs. We used all different kinds and sizes.










Next we gave those dinos a bath. Ours often end up in playdough or paint.









We placed the flour and sugar in our food processor and gave it a quick pulse to stir. Then we added the butter and blended until it looked like cornmeal. You could do this all by hand, but the food processor worked great and was so fast. Next we poured out the dough onto our counter. The dough will be very powdery. Ben didn't believe it would become cookie dough. We kneaded the dough until it was smooth.




We formed the dough into a 2 inch log and sliced it into 1/2 inch slices.










Then we pressed the different dino parts into the rounds of dough to make an impression.










We then placed them on ungreased cookie sheets. This dough won't really spread much so you can get a lot on one sheet.











The boys used all different parts of the dinos to make the impressions - skin, feet, teeth, tails horns and faces. The cookies were placed in a 325 degree oven for 25 - 30 minutes just until the bottoms just started to turn golden.









We let the cookies cool on the cookie sheets and then decided that they would taste even better with melted chocolate chips spread on the bottom. We were right!! The boys had so much fun and the cookies were so easy, we immediately made another batch.

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20 comments:

  1. very cool I thought wow was that for a school project? For fun very cool. You got yourself a smart young man there!

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  2. This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. This is such a great idea!! My son loves dinosaurs too and we have plenty hanging around. We will have to try this. Also love the addition of the chocolate bottoms!
    Thank you for sharing your brilliant idea!

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  4. this is so creative.. i definitely will be trying this!! thank you so much for sharing

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  5. So cute! My son would love this. I WILL try this. We have so many dinosaurs to choose from. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  6. I love this idea! I have two little boys that would LOVE to try this out.

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  7. This is the best idea for cooking with kids that I have seen in a long time. My son is 11, but I think even he would get into this!

    Thanks so much for posting it,
    Diane

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  8. What a cute idea! I hope it's ok to share a link on my blog!

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  9. Glad you all like it! We hope you have as much fun with this as we did! And Margaret, we would be honored if you would share a link! Thanks a bunch! :)

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  10. That is a really cute idea, especially given all the dinos we have around here. I'm going to have to go buy some butter & make these~!

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  11. These are so fun! Thanks for such a delightful idea Ben!

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  12. My dd (who loves dinos too!) are totally going to do this, thanks! =)

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  13. Wow, I love this idea! My boys love dinosaurs and we've got a rainy week ahead. Guess we're making fossil cookies! Thanks!

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  14. What an awesome idea! This would also be a great tactile teaching tool about dinosaurs and fossils that kids could participate in making then the joy of eating afterwards.

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  15. so clever! thanks for sending this link! I'll post tonight on my edible crafts column (at ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com)

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  16. This is such a good idea! I love it.

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  17. Oh. My. Goodness. What a great idea! When my son actually has teeth, I am so doing this with him. (Coupled with a good book about dinosaurs of course!)

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  18. This is such a great idea! Love it!

    Kim
    http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com

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  19. This is awesome!!!! I will have to make these!!!!!!

    http://anna-gastronomy101.blogspot.com

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  20. Martha Stewart did these, what a great idea! I'll be making some for my nephews birthday :)

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