If you’re hosting a house full of young dinosaur lovers, we have the treats that are sure to make them RAWRR! Cherylin from @treat_yo_self_treats customized these decorated dinosaur cookies with cake pop sticks, converting them into cake toppers. Adorable and delicious, these sugar cookie dinos decorated with royal icing will stand tall when stuck into any cake. Throw a Dinosaur Birthday Party and you can stage the greatest dinosaur cake migration ever!
Below, Cherylin will walk you through the recipe and steps to create a set of dinosaurs and a few coordinating elements to match this T-Rex Tableware. Decorated sugar cookies make a great favor too, so consider baking enough cookies without sticks so you can send the paleontological party guests off with a take home treat!
As much as I love creating unique cookie designs, there is something so satisfying about matching a cookie to something existing. I love matching the shapes and mixing the colors so that the cookie belongs with an invitation or in this case with party decor. I replicated these cute dinosaurs and scenery from this dinosaur party set so it would fit in with Tara’s cute dinosaur party here. By adding sticks, I made them into cookie pops so they could be added to a cake or to a cupcake as a topper, or you can display them on their sticks!
To start, prepare the cookie dough.
Cookie Dough Recipe
- 3/4 c sugar
- 5 sticks softened butter (cubed)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 cups flour
- Foil or saran wrap
- Mix sugar and butter together just until blended.
- Add egg, vanilla and salt into the creamed butter and sugar.
- Add flour gradually to make ensure its incorporated evenly.
- Form dough into ball and flatten into a patty and wrap in foil or saran wrap. Chill for 1 hour minimum (up to a day)
- Once chilled, flour a surface to roll out the dough on. I also use parchment paper beneath for easy cleanup.
- Roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness.
Download and cut out the dinosaur shapes using this template. I added an extra edge to the dinosaurs to make cutting their spikes out with a knife easier. Also, grab some sticks from your local craft store and toothpicks for the smaller scenery pieces. I cut my pop sticks in half so they weren’t so long.
Tip: When rolling out the dough, keep it on the thicker side if you are adding sticks. This gives the stick a better hold. I recommend between ⅛” and ¼” thickness.
Once the dough has been made and chilled, take your template and a sharp knife and cut out the shapes of the dinosaurs. You what to do this while the dough is still chilled, because as the dough warms it becomes sticky and difficult to work with. If you feel the dough is getting too warm, just pop it in the freezer to chill again. Also, use your fingers to soften any harsh edges that can happen while your cutting, especially around the spikes.
If you are putting sticks in the cookies, place all of the cut shapes in the fridge for a half hour to make sure they are firm and chilled. Once chilled, take the sticks and twist them into the bottom of the cookie. When you initially twist the stick in it can break the front surface of the cookie. That’s okay! Take your fingers and press down on the front of the cookie to get the stick more in the middle of the cookie. Then smooth out the top surface to create a strong barrier for the stick.
Bake cookies at 325 for 12-15 minutes.
Tip: Handle cookies with sticks gently during the entire baking process as you don’t want to loosen the stick hole. Allow cookies to cool completely on the tray before moving to a cooling rack via a spatula. As the cookie cools it is hardening around the stick, so you want to keep this as strong as possible.
This recipe makes enough icing for roughly 4 batches of the above cookie recipe. I have halved and quartered this recipe when necessary and the ratios still work. I recommend making more than you feel you need especially if you’re making a lot of colors. Having extra cuts down in the anxiety of portioning out the colors.
- 5 tbsp meringue powder (Michaels and Walmart carry Wilton brand. Local bake shops have their Own)
- 6 oz warm water
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 2 lbs powdered sugar
- Whisk 5 tbsp meringue powder with 6 oz of warm water in mixing bowl for 30 seconds
- Whisk in cream of tartar for 30 seconds
- Add powdered sugar. Mix on medium speed for 8 minutes.
- Thick icing dries and crusts quickly so if you don’t have time to color the icing, or while mixing other colors, keep the bowl covered with a wet towel.
- Portion out icing based on the number of colors your project needs, and how much of the icing you feel you will need per color. (The werewolves have 6 colors: gray, brown, light brown, black, light orange and white)
- Add coloring. I recommend Wilton colors that you can add by dabbing a toothpick into the color and then adding to the icing, or Americolor that comes in a squeeze bottle. Add slowly as these colors are concentrated.
- Once colors are mixed, you need to thin icing with water. Add water slowly by the drop to the icing to gradually thin it. If the icing is too thick it won’t spread even to a smooth surface and if it’s too thin it will be unmanageable for details and will run off the side of the cookie. The consistency you’re going for is if you run a knife through the icing at about 1/2 in thickness it smooths itself back over in close to 20 seconds. Any faster and this is too thin, Any slower and it is too thick.
Here is how I matched the colors to the party set:
- Brown: Wilton brown, mixed with hints of Wilton copper and Wilton orange
- Yellow: Wilton lemony yellow
- Blue: Wilton royal blue
- Bright orange: Wilton orange with hints of Americolor red and Wilton lemony yellow
- Light orange: once the bright orange is mixed, add some of that icing to this icing as a base. Then add small amounts of Wilton orange
- Black: Americolor Black
- Cut the end off your decorating bags and insert the longer part of the coupler. Then add the tip over the bag and then the ring of the coupler over the tip.
- Roll top edge of the bag down and over your hand and fill with icing using a spatula. Tie off with bag tie, rubber band or bread bag enclosure.
Time to decorate!
You Will Need
- Icings in bags
- Baked and cooled cookies
- Wet paper towel
- Toothpick or scribe tool
- Plastic placemat (optional) or can use a paper towel on your surface
Step 1: On both the T-Rex and Stegga, using a food-safe marker, outline the dinosaur shapes and their spikes as guides for filling with icing.
Step 2: Set up the outlines. On the T-Rex, outline the belly in the bright orange, and his body outline in the brown. Outline the Stegga body in the bright orange.
Step 3: Now fill the bodies and execute some wet on wet details. On the T-Rex, fill his belly with the bright orange, and add yellow horizontal stripes running down. On Stegga, fill his body with the bright orange and add the triangular details and a “w” detail near the face and tail, which will look like scales.
Allow to dry for a few hours.
Step 4: After the belly has dried on the T-Rex, fill his body with brown and add some bright orange scale details by making a “w” along his body. Allow to dry for a few hours.
Step 5: After both the T-Rex and Stegga’s bodies are dried, add the eyes and some details. To add dimension, dab the white for the eye, and then a small dot for the pupil on both dinosaurs. Draw the nose and mouth details on both cookies, and then pipe on the Stegga’s mouth. Lastly, pipe little “m’s” onto Stegga’s feet for detail.
Step 6: Finish off the Stegga by piping the yellow rounded spikes.
Step 7: On the T-Rex, pipe 3 triangles for the teeth lining up under the mouth line. Then pipe the arm in white.
Step 8: Pipe little “m’s” on the feet and hands for detail. Then pipe black on top of the mouth line that was drawn so that the teeth have an anchor. Lastly, pipe the blue spikes down the T-Rex’s back.
I paired the cookie pops with an un-iced cupcake to make it look like the dinosaurs were walking on the ground, and added the scenery as accents for the display.
Browse more of Cherylin’s cookie creations and other sweet treats here!
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