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Dinosaur footprint cookies

Dinosaur footprint cookies





350g (9oz) plain flour

pinch of salt

175g (6oz) butter, room temperature

100g (4oz) caster sugar

green food colouring

1 small egg, beaten

chocolate spread for sandwiching biscuits together


You will also need:

round cookie cutter, approximately 6cm in diameter

dinosaur toy (to make at least one footprint per biscuit), cleaned and dry



1. Preheat the oven to 170°C/340°F/gas mark 3½.


2. Sift the flour and salt together into a bowl.


3. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs (this step can also be done in a food processor).


4. Stir in the sugar and food colouring (if using).


5. Bind the mixture into a soft dough with the beaten egg. You don't want the dough to be too soft to roll, so just add half the egg mixture to begin with and see if more is required. If it looks too soft, sift in some more plain flour.


6. Wrap the dough and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes - cooled dough is easier to roll.


7. On a lightly floured board, roll out the dough to about 4mm thick.


8. Cut into rounds with a cookie cutter. Reroll the pastry scraps and cut more rounds.


9. Take half of the rounds and cut dinosaur footprints into them: take the dinosaur and lightly dust its foot with flour, then squash the foot into the dough to make the footprint holes. 


10. Place all the rounds on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. (If your dough looks very soft at this stage, you can pop it into the fridge for 15 minutes to firm up.)


11. Bake at 170°C/340°F/gas mark 3½. Check after 15 minutes: the biscuits are done when the underside looks dry and might have begun to colour slightly, but will still be soft.


12. Cool on the baking tray for a few minutes so that the biscuits firm up, then slide them off and finish cooling on a wire rack.


13. Sandwich the biscuits together (one with footprints and one without) with chocolate spread.