These 3D dinosaur brontosaurus cookies are self-standing! Make the sugar cookie dough, then use the cutout to create your cookie shapes. Be sure to chill the cut shapes before cooking so they don’t spread.
There’s a little more salt than normal in these so that it balances the sweetness of the royal icing, so if you don’t plan to frost them, opt for 1/8 teaspoon salt instead.
2 ¼ cups flour
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ tsp almond extract
In a large mixing bowl, sift and mix the flour, baking powder and salt. In the bowl of your stand mixer, add the butter and sugar and beat with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy (3 minutes). Add the egg and the extracts and mix well (about 2 minutes). Slowly add the dry ingredients until combined.
Turn out the dough on a floured surface. Divide into two pieces and roll each one out to ¼-inch thick. Cover with plastic wrap and pop into the fridge for at least one hour (you can cool them overnight or freeze the dough for future use).
Preheat the oven to 350⁰F (176⁰C) and grease a couple of cookie sheets.
Cut out the cookies with your stencils and chill again for 20 minutes.
Bake for 11-12 minutes or until the edges brown. Leave to cool and then ice to your heart’s content!