A short while ago I bought a mini tyrannosaurus biscuit stamp, which I thought would be ideal to use to make some cookies when we next saw my great-nephew, Ruben, who is mad keen on dinosaurs.
The opportunity came last weekend and I used the cutter to make simple Vanilla Cookies.
150g unsalted butter softened
150g caster sugar
1 small egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
300g plain flour, sifted
1. Line a baking tray with parchment.
2. Preheat the oven to 180C or gas 4.
3. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add the beaten egg, vanilla and salt and mix well. Gradually add the flour and mix until incorporated. Bring together into a dough, wrap and chill for 1 hour.
4. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 3-4mm. Dip cookie cutter in flour before each use. Arrange them on the prepared baking tray.
5.Bake the biscuits on the middle shelf of the pre-heated oven for about 12 minutes, or until firm and golden. Leave to cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Ruben was given his dino-shaped cookies, together with one or two mini icing tubes and some sweeties, so that he could decorate them at home. As you can see, he did a fantastic job!