Monday, January 28, 2008

Dinosaur-Shaped Sugar Cookies

The kids are studying dinosaurs at school this week, and we had a box of sugar cookie mix in the pantry that came with some dinosaur cookie cutters, so I thought it would be nice if we finally got around to making them. The boys are always eager to help cook in the kitchen, and making cookies are one of their favorite things.

First, they mixed the dough. It's always a battle of the stirrers. And, I have to keep anxious mouths from eating the goods before we even get stuff mixed up! This dough was mixed by hand lickety split and we were on our way to the next step.

Second, it was time to roll out the dough and cut out the cookies. I prefer to roll the dough so I can keep the cookies a consistent thickness, but the kids just love that rolling pin and get in there eager as can be. Rule at our house is they press, I lift to the cookie sheet...unless the cookies are super firm and easy to move...these weren't.

Third, once we'd used up all the dough, I let the kids paint them with egg yolk mixed with food color. Besides making the cookies look pretty, it helps all sorts of sprinkles to stick to the cookies.

Fourth, sprinkles, sprinkles, and more sprinkles. Need I say more? A few cookies had heaped on sprinkles but most were reasonable. We even had dinosaur-shaped sprinkles we'd picked up at A Southern Season last year. We're now out, so next time we go Joey wants more!

Fifth, the kids love for me to turn on the oven light and watch their masterpieces bake. 10 minutes does the magic with sugar cookies. We ate dinner, chicken delicious, while they baked, and then feasted on cookies for dessert. I have an e-mail into preschool to see if we can bring the majority of the cookies in for the Bear class (Joey) snack tomorrow. No allergies in that class.

Don't you feel like you need to make some cookies now? You too can have this much fun!!!

All of the fun cookie making pics are here.

1 comment:

Major Mom said...

Too cool! Way to carry the preschool theme home -- I need to be better about that. Luckily, we got to spend time at the museum this weekend and Jake had plenty to discuss about the dinosaurs he saw.