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There are lots of really cool things about hanging out with our kids at RMHNA. One of the funnest is being privy to their imaginations and just following their lead. We’ve learned to just go with the flow (slightly harder for one of us) and enjoy the chaos that often ensues…

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Fossil cookies provided the opportunity for some crazy amazing discussions about bugs and life and things we like or don’t like. We did have to reiterate that these were not real bugs, were never real bugs, were not dead bugs. They are plastic bugs, they won’t move, wiggle or bite. Oh my gosh, what a great day that was! We thought perhaps you might like to make these cookies in your kitchen for no other reason than to see where your kids imaginations will take you. The bonus being, they’re just really good cookies…

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Fossil Cookies

1 ⅓ cup butter or shortening (we like butter better)
1 ½ cups granulated white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
8 tsp whole milk
4 cups all purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
4-6 oz bakers semi sweet chocolate grated

Cream together butter, sugar and vanilla till well combined. Add in eggs and milk and mix until batter is light and fluffy. Sift dry ingredients together and add slowly to batter, mix till fully incorporated. Stir in your grated chocolate. Batter will look somewhat marbled and have flecks of chocolate through out. This is the look you want so it is important to not over mix. Refrigerate for 1 hour or freeze for approx. 20 minutes. Take half of the dough and roll out on a floured surface, the rest can be placed back in the freezer to stay firm or be used at a later date.

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Cut cookies into desired size, press whatever ‘fossil’ you have chosen in the middle and transfer to your parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 12 minutes being careful to not over bake.

We decided on bugs for our fossils (you can use almost anything as your press) so we found some hard plastic bugs, washed ‘em up and that’s what we used. As you can see, they turned out really well! This recipe is adapted from the Pioneer Woman Cooks deep dish fruit pizza (also really good particularly if you substitute candy for the fruit).

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