Dino-Bourbons RAWRRRRR!!! *Not to scale*

Beware of the DINO-BOURBONS!


This is a bit of a random post and I must ensure that I outline why I have made bourbon dinosaur 3D cookies…some of you may be thinking ‘Why not?!’ to those of you hoorah, for the rest who are still puzzled this is why:

I have a wonderful Year 11 Drama class…or I should say ‘had’ :( they are now on their merry way either to college, in to 6th form or have left school.  On my birthday this year they swamped me with some wonderful gifts wrapped in awesome mustache paper and delivered with smiles and excitement.  Besides an AWESOME rubik cube mug and some nifty VW camper hand warmers they bought me this unique and quirky cookie cutter set of Dinosaurs.  Now the reason this made me so happy was for a variety of reasons

  1. They are SO thoughtful!
  2. Dinosaurs were my obsession when I was younger
  3. They know how much I love baking

So without further ado this blog post is dedicated to Harry, Becca, Charlotte & Nicole…DINO-BOURBONS of deliciousness.

This recipe is adapted from the Biscuit book by Miranda Gore Browne and is a must have purchase if you love a good biscuit.



  • 110g Willow or butter
  • 110g soft brown sugar (ideally light but I used dark for this recipe)
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2tbsp golden syrup


  • 150g icing sugar
  • 5tsp cocoa powder
  • 75g willow
  • 1/2tsp vanilla extract
  • 1tsp boiling water


  • Start by lining 2 trays with greaseproof paper

Beat the butter and sugar until light

Icing sugar, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder weighed out

Sieve in to the sugar and butter

Golden syrup spoon time

Add to your mix and set the mixer off again until combined

The dough should look like this….

Divide in to 2 batches, cling film and fling in the fridge for at least 30mins

Meanwhile preheat the oven to 170degrees and when the 30mins are up take out the cling film, cover with a second piece and roll out the ball until it is about 2mm thick

3 piece dinosaur!

It’s a dino-puzzle

Transfer to greaseproof covered baking sheets…but be careful not to damage their shape!

Now place these in the oven for 10mins…I have a fan oven however and only left them in for 7mins.  KEEP AN EYE ON THEM as they can go from perfect to burnt in seconds…

Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the tray for a while

Then transfer to a cooling rack

Meanwhile make your buttercream dino-insides

Beat the butter, icing sugar, cocoa and vanilla essence together with a small amount of boiling water

Lay out your dino-pieces and start to spread buttercream on one side…I chose his butt…nuff said!

It’s a posse of DINOS…or herd/troop/crew/murder/gaggle/fleet or whichever tickles your fancy!


This is how the remainder bits turned out or if you’re a normal person and want your average bourbon.

These are a great laugh for anyone who loves baking or indeed dinosaurs and even more fun if you have kids.  I am about to transport mine in a transplant-separate pieces-manner to our mates where we will assemble them before devouring them!

This recipe can be used for any shape of cutter and I have done these with star cookie cutters and circles before…surprisingly they have never before been done in normal bourbon shape!

Enjoy having a play and let  me know if you trial any dino-related baking feats.

Happy Baking

ZoBird x

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