Dinosaur “Fossil” Cookies

Happy Thursday, ya’ll! I got quite a few requests for this recipe from the birthday party post I made a few weeks back, (Oliver’s 2nd Birthday), so I thought I’d make a little blog post on it today. Whether you have a little boy that would love these or you just like cinnamon and sugar, sugar cookies, this recipe is so easy and SO good. It’s actually a recipe I use quite often during Christmas time, so you may see them again in the near future. Just skip the dino footprints for Santa 😉

These cookies are super versatile in that sense. You can have a T- Rex stomp on them, top them with sprinkles, sprinkle on some cinnamon & sugar, slap on some frosting, or even decorate them with royal icing. They are pretty much a blank canvas. (Win!)

I chose T-Rex feet this time around and I just freaking love them. I found this dinosaur in the $1 section at Target and snagged up three of them for the table decor. Clearly I ended up borrowing Mr. Rex’s feet for an hour the day before. Multi use, gotta love it!

So if you are wanting to impress a little boy or heck, even adults, give this recipe a go and let me know what you think in the comments below. I can confidently say Oliver’s party only had 3 kids and all the cookies were gone. I’m not pointing fingers but… do the math. Happy Baking!

Looking for more dinosaur themed decor or other birthday party ideas? Here are some ideas:

Oliver’s 1st Birthday

Oliver’s 2nd Birthday

Dinosaur “Fossil” Cookies

Whether you have a little boy that would love these or you just like cinnamon and sugar, sugar cookies, this recipe is so easy and SO good. Happy Baking!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 22


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla


  • Preheat over to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium sized bowl.
  • Cut shortening into flour mixture just as you would a pie crust. Continue to do this until shortening is broken up into pea sized pieces.
  • Whisk together eggs, sugar and vanilla in separate bowl. Once combined, stir into flour mixture until dough forms. (I like to use my hand towards the end)
  • Divide dough into two separate pieces and slightly flatten each dough ball into "disc" shapes. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes – 1 hour.
  • Once dough has had time to chill, flour a baking surface and begin rolling out dough. I like to roll mine to about 1/4 an inch in thickness.
  • Cut out desired shapes. (You can re-roll out scrap dough)
  • (If making dino cookies, this is the time you would make your foot imprint and sprinkle on cinnamon and sugar)
  • Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Time may vary depending on how large or small your cookies are. I would recommend checking after 8 minutes.


This recipe made 22-24 dino cookies using a medium size circle cutter. 
Keyword birthday, cookies, dessert, dinosaur, party

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