Valentine’s Day Dinosaur Cookies


One day, I dream of owning a small, sustainable farm with dozens of chickens, a few horses, goats, some milk cows, and a veggie patch that spans an acre. But for now, I’m a grad student working on my PhD in Antarctic geology. I think that, no matter what kind of geology you’re doing, you tend to develop a fondness for dinosaurs. I know I have. So last year I started a tradition of dinosaur Valentine’s day cookies. They are a big hit at home and at school.

Here’s my sugar cookie recipe. (Confession: I don’t make my own icing. I food color premade vanilla icing in pink and red. 😉


  • 1.5 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400*F.
  2. Blend all of the ingredients together until well blended.
  3. Refrigerate for about an hour or until cold.
  4. Roll dough out on a floured surface, and cut with cookie cutters. Or, drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until just done.
  6. Decorate!


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