These scrumptious cookies look just like prehistoric fossils! Make them with your kids, we’re sure they’ll love them!

These fossil cookies are made using a simple sugar cookie recipe, and by pressing a seashell into them to leave an indentation. Serve them for a tea or coffee break, and don’t forget to experiment with other shapes for even more interesting designs!

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Delicious Fossil Cookies

Easy sugar cookies that look like fossils!



  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg


  1. Cream together butter and powdered sugar using a mixer, or your hands.
  2. Stir in the egg and vanilla extract. You can use clear vanilla extract to keep your cookies looking white.
  3. Stir in the flour and salt until a soft dough forms. Turn out onto a floured surface and roll until the dough is about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out the cookies using a pizza cutter. Press the shell into the dough, leaving an indention.
  4. Bake at 350°F for 15-18 minutes. After the first 10 minutes, remove the cookies and re-press the shell into the still soft dough. Return to oven to finish baking.
  5. Cool cookies on wire racks before serving.


Photos and recipe: A Beautiful Mess.