Dinosaur Cookies, Suckers & Cupcakes

Dino dig FINAL
For the future paleontologist in your family, here’s a few sweet dinosaur projects you can work on together and enjoy!

Dinosaur Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
Candy writers, various colors
Dig-Ins, dinosaur cookie cutters

In a large mixer bowl beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until well blended. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cocoa and salt; add to butter mixture and blend well. Refrigerate dough about 1 hour or until firm enough to roll. Preheat oven to 350º F.

Roll out chilled cookie dough between perfection strips to get an even thickness all the way across.
roll out dough
Press cookie cutter into dough. With cutter still in place, press dinosaur stamp into dough to create indent. Remove stamp and cutter and remove surrounding dough.

pressing cutter topcut cookie

Transfer cookie to cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes or until no indentation is made when touched.

Once baked and while cookies are cooling, melt candy writers.

Once cookies are completely cooled, fill indented areas using candy writers.
frosting the dinosaur cookie  icing cookies

dino dig cookie - Step 6b final

Dinosaur Suckers
1 pound candy coating (any color)
Assorted candy writers
Squeeze bottle
Dinosaur sucker candy mold
Using a clean, dry mold, paint details with melted candy from candy writers. Let each color set up at room temperature before painting an adjoining area. About 5 minutes.

filling in candy coating dotscandy coating details finished

Melt candy coating and pour melted coating into a squeeze bottle. (Details on how to melt candy coating click here.) Squeeze candy coating into mold. Place sucker stick in cavity. Make sure the sucker stick is covered with chocolate or your molded piece may fall off the stick.

fill in mold beginningfilling in mold

Gently tap the mold against the counter top to bring any air bubbles to the surface.
bang out bubbles

Place mold in freezer for a few minutes or until the candy feels cold and it falls out of the mold.
final sucker

Land of the Dinosaurs Cupcakes
Prepared jumbo cupcakes with cupcake liners
Ice Cream sugar cone
Red candy coating, melted
Yellow sugar crystals
Dinosaur candy mold  or Dinosaur Sugar Lay-ons
Candy writers (Your favorite colors)
Green buttercream icing
Green Jimmies
Bones from skull and bones sprinkles
Plastic palm tree pick
Chocolate river stones

Make cupcakes using your favorite recipe or box mix. Line jumbo muffin pan with jumbo cupcake liners. Bake cupcakes according to recipe or box directions. Allow cupcakes to cool completely. Carefully break or cut the tip of the ice cream cone off to make the cone look like a volcano.
cutting the conecone cut

Dip the tip of cone in melted candy coating. (Details on how to melt candy coating click here.)

dipping chocolate volcano 2 dipping chocolate volcano

Invert cone and allow coating to drip down the side of the cone. Sprinkle dipped cone with yellow sugar crystals. Allow coating to set completely.

dripping chocolatedinosaur dig cupcake - Step 4 sprinkle sugar on volcano

Spread green icing on top of the cupcake. Using a spatula  “pull away” from the icing to create peaks.

icing the cupcakesicing cupcake lift

Place volcano, palm tree, bones, jimmies, sugar lay-on dinosaur, and chocolate river rocks on top of iced cupcake.
finishing touches on cupcakeplacing dinosaur on cupcake

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