Cookies and Dinosaur fun for all (but mainly Wesley)
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One of my favorite things in the whole wide world is that my Niece & Nephew call me Chelle Chelle. Another favorite thing is baking for my 2 favorite little people…so when I kept them last week baking was defiantly in the plan … DINOSAUR cookies to be specific.
I mean just look how cute he is!!
Bring on the Sprinkles…DINOSAUR Sprinkles
My nephew is all about dinosaurs. We walk like them, growl like them and even eat like them. So, when I saw dinosaur sprinkles (you can get yourshere) I knew I had to have them…I mean for my nephew, of course.
As I said, one of the things on our MUST DO list was bake cookies, and I knew I wanted the cookies to be all about the the sprinkles. Cookies with dinosaur sprinkles…it doesn’t get any better for Wesley.
Roll, Roll, Roll Away
I wanted to get Wes involved in making his dinosaur cookies, but he is only 2 1/2. To make it a little easier after I made the dough I rolled it into small balls. Then I filled a few bowls (I used these fun rubbery ones that Wes loves) with sprinkles. For extra fun I used dinosaur’s, circles and stars. Then the rolling began.
At first we just used one type of sprinkle per cookie, but them before I knew it we were rolling in all 3. The more sprinkles the better it is, according to Wesley at least. In the end though, the cookies with just the dinosaur sprinkles were his favorite.
In the end it is all about the butter
Being that these cookies are all about the sprinkles I wanted to make the cookie yummy but simple, and these butter cookies are just that. They are light, tender and buttery making them delicious but also simple enough to let the sprinkles be the real focus.
Don’t get me wrong, I made some without sprinkles (my mom is not a big sprinkle fan) and she said these are some of her most favorite cookies. They are a super tender shortbread like cookie…trust me they are AMAZING!
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper, set aside
In the bowl of a stand mixer cream together butter and sugars until creamy
Add in vanilla bean paste, scraping down the sides as needed
Slowly add in flour, baking powder and evaporated milk until mixture just comes together
Using a small cookie scoop roll dough into small balls
Roll in the sprinkles of your choice
Place onto prepared pan and gently press down with the back of a spoon or your hand
Bake for 17-19 minutes, or until edges just begin to brown
Remove and let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes and then move to a cooling rack to cool completely
Serve & ENJOY!!
Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days
Each cookie is 6 WW Smart Points
Calories 130 - Calories from Fat 63 - Total Fat 7 g - Saturated Fat 4 g - Monounsaturated Fat 3.2 g - Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3 g - Trans Fat 0 g - Cholesterol 21 g - Sodium 88 mg - Potassium 30 mg - Total Carbohydrate 13 g - Dietary Fiber 0 g - Sugars 5 g - Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 5 % - Vitamin C 0 % - Calcium 4 % - Iron 0 %
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Changing it up a bit
If you wanted to add a little more flavor to the cookie you could use almond extract or a citrus extract. You could also add in some lemon zest & juice for a fun summer cookie. In the fall maybe some pumpkin pie spice. The possibilities are as many as you can think of.
They really are a perfect canvas for your imagination.
Whether you make dinosaur cookies or not, these cookies need to be on your menu very soon. They are a treat everyone is sure to LOVE!!