Dinosaur Footprint Cookies

Create your own Dinosaur Cookies

Dinosaur activities are fun and easy to do. Using a potato to make your footprints for your dinosaur impressions is simple and fun.  You can make each footprint  unique and pretend it is a dinosaur family walking down a river.  The best part is that after you have created your cookie dough dinosaur footprints you get to eat them.

Dinosaur cookies, Photo by Myrna Martin

Materials

  • Potato
  • Table knife (dull)
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Butter, softened
  • 2 cups Flour, All purpose
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Extra sugar
  • Baking sheet

Directions

  1. Cut the potato in half. Draw the outline of a dinosaur's footprint in the potato with a pencil.
  2. Cut away the potato from around the footprint with a dull table knife.
  3. Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. In a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup softened butter.
  5. Beat the sugar butter mixture until light and fluffy. Add 2 cups flour and 3 tablespoons.
  6. Mix together thoroughly.
  7. Compact the dough with your hands until it sticks together and forms a single ball.
  8. Separate the dough into walnut-sized pieces of dough. Roll the dough into balls and then flatten them so you can stamp the dough.
  9. Place some sugar on a plate. Place the dough on both sides on the plate so they are covered with sugar. Press the potato footprint into the dough.
  10. Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake your dinosaur cookie footprints at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 9 to 12 minutes.
  11. Make sure the bottoms of the cookies are a very light golden brown. If they are not add 1 or 2 extra minutes to the baking time.
  12. Cool 1 minute and then remove from the cookie sheets. Now its time to enjoy these delicious cookies.

Dinos & Fossils is filled with fun activities related to dinosaurs.  You will also learn how to make impressions and molds of fossils in this fun activity book.    Myrna Martin

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Science behind the activity

Dinosaur walking on wet mud created footprints. When the mud dried the footprints remained and eventually turned to rock if they were covered by dirt and sand before they washed away. The footprints are exposed in some areas by erosion other times fossil hunters break apart layers of rocks to find fossils.


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