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Dinosaur Cookies

Does anyone else’s child love dinosaurs? If your little one is obsessed with all things related to prehistoric creatures, they will love these cookies! Not only do they look like dinosaur paw prints, but they also taste delicious.

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dinosaur cookies

Dino Cookies

Levi loves ALL things dinosaurs and he has since he was little (which blows my mind!). It must be a toddler thing, but anytime he sees a dinosaur, he has to have it. 

With his birthday still several months away, I am not sure what his party theme will be this year – but at some point over the next few years, I’m sure we’ll end up with a dinosaur birthday party.

These dinosaur paw print cookies are adorable for birthday parties or just as a special treat.

The footprint kind of looks like a cool dinosaur skeleton shape that is perfect for little kids.

You can easily match the color of the footprint on your dinosaur cookie to any color scheme you’re using for a birthday party or even as a treat to go with your child’s favorite dinosaur movie or cartoon!

My husband said these dinosaur cookies tasted like sugar cookies, but I thought they were a little bit more like shortbread. Either way, they are delicious!

Dinosaur Sugar Cookies

To make these dinosaur sugar cookies you just need a few ingredients like butter, powered sugar and eggs.

If you’re wondering how to make a dinosaur claw, that’s easy too. You’ll need gel icing in the color of your choice and an edible marker. Just whip up the royal icing and sugar cookies and you’re ready for a prehistoric treat that your dinosaur fan will love!

If you want to get creative, you can always turn these dinosaur cookies into a super cool dinosaur cookie cake by following the recipe and putting the dough on a round cookie sheet.

Once it’s baked and cooled, frost it with a layer of royal icing, then use the gel icing to add on the dinosaur footprints in brown or black.

I hope you and your family enjoy these dino cookies as much as we do! Happy baking!

Dinosaur Paw Print Cookies

Servings 18


  • 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1 1/2 C powder sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/2 C flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 medium circle cookie cutter
  • 1 cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper
  • Royal icing ingredients:
  • 3 Egg whites
  • 1 1/2 -2 C powder sugar
  • 1 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Black gel food coloring
  • 2 disposable piping bags
  • 2 – #2 wilton cake tip
  • 1 edible marker


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Using a standing mixer, cream together the butter, powder sugar, vanilla and egg together until creamy and combined.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cream of tarter and baking soda
  4. Gradually mix in the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until combined and a dough forms
  5. Once the dough is formed, sprinkle about 3 tablespoons of flour onto a cutting board and place the dough onto the cutting board.
  6. Sprinkle some flour onto the cookie dough and roll out the dough to about 2 inches thick
  7. Cut out your cookies and place onto the cookie sheet
  8. Bake your cookies for about 8-10 minutes
  9. Let them cool completely
  10. Royal icing directions:
  11. Using the standing mixer, combine the egg whites, cream of tarter, powder sugar and vanilla and mix on medium speed until stiff peaks form
  12. Split the icing into 2 bowls
  13. In one bowl add a drops of Black gel food coloring and mix.
  14. Add in a few more drops of black and mix until you get the shade of black you want.
  15. Leave the second bowl white
  16. Cut the tips off the piping bags and place a tip into each bag.
  17. Scoop the Black icing into a piping bag fitted with a number 2 tip, and set aside
  18. Scoop the white icing into the piping bag fitted with the last number 2 tip and set aside
  19. Decorating directions:
  20. Using the edible marker, draw out the outline of a Dinosaur footprint
    dino ip 1
  21. Outline the footprint using the black icing
  22. Outline around the circle and around the footprint using the white icing
    Dino ip 2
  23. Fill in the white area using the white icing
    Dino ip 3
  24. Fill in the paw print with the black icing
    Dinosaur Cookies 3 1
  25. Let icing completely dry for about 2 hours before enjoying!
    Dinosaur Cookies 3 4
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