Dino-tarpit Holiday Cookies
by Heather Macht
So many kids, and adults even, LOVE dinosaurs! And, let’s face it… this was a huge year for dinosaurs, too, given the Jurassic World movie release. Since I have some little dinosaur lovers at home, I went to the drawing board and thought of ways to combine dinosaurs and holiday treats, together, to put a unique spin on them.
I came up with the idea of dino-tarpit cookies. Ok, I admit, they sound a little unconventional. However, they are kid tested and approved…and praised and devoured. 😉
Here’s a step by step guide, with pictures, to show just how easy and seriously fun they are to make!
- Your favorite cookie dough, pre-made or homemade (enough to make one dozen cookies). I used Pillsbury Sugar Cookies.
- Colorful Sugar Sprinkles (optional). I used Red and Green.
- Chocolate Melts. I used Wilton’s light cocoa candy melts, found at Walmart.
- 12 Mini-Vinyl Dinosaurs. You can get these from any toy store, and may even have some lying around your kid’s room. I purchased a pack online at Amazon.
*Note: Please make sure to wash and disinfect the dinosaurs first, of course!
Place 1 dozen pieces of rolled batter on a greased cookie sheet. Lightly sprinkle with the colored sprinkles and bake the cookies according to their directions.
After the cookies are done, let them cool for 2 minutes. While the cookies are still soft and malleable, take a large table spoon and place the rounded bottom of the spoon in the center, lightly pressing, to make a pit in the cookie. This will help hold the chocolate.
Let the cookies finish cooling.
Once the cookies cool, heat the chocolate melts according to their directions. Place a spoonful of chocolate in each cookie’s center, inside the pit you created earlier. Let the chocolate cool slightly, for approximately 3 minutes, and place a vinyl dinosaur on top of each cookie.
Let the chocolate cool until it is fully hardened. This can take about 30-45 minutes.
Tip: For quicker cooling, you can place the cookies in the fridge (for approx. 10 minutes).
Once cooled, present your holiday treats to the kids, or adult dino-lovers, and enjoy! These are a lot of fun; we shared tons of giggles while eating them. You can even snuggle up and enjoy them while reading along with your favorite holiday or dinosaur book. And, if you don’t have a dinosaur book at home, I may just have a great book for you!
has been creating rhyming stories, specifically about dinosaurs, since the third grade! She earned her AA in fine arts from Florida State College at Jacksonville and had a career in the I.T. world before becoming a full-time writer and mom. Macht’s an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and lives with her family in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. In her spare time, she reads poetry and paints. Connect with Heather on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
Heather is the author of You May Just Be a Dinosaur which can be found on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, and Pelican Publishing.
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