photo of 4 marshmallow egg surprises - with one open and a green gummy frog in it. Sitting on a grey and white gingham plate on a wood backdrop.
Cookbook Reviews

Jurassic World: The Official Cookbook

Cookbook By: Insight Editions

Photo of the cover of Jurassic World: The Official Cookbook

“The chapters in this cookbook are based on the spectacular, dinosaur-filled “zones” in the park, each of which showcases a different kind of dinosaur and the cuisine they’ve inspired,” Dayton Ward. 

I’ve been a fan of the Jurassic World and Jurassic Park movies for years – and i’ve seen them all. When I saw they were releasing Jurassic World: The Official Cookbook I couldn’t wait to try the recipes and bring a little taste of the park into my own home. 

The recipes are easy to follow and provide delicious results. I love how the cookbook has information about all of the different dinosaurs throughout it. It’s almost like a guidebook to the dinosaurs offering you a peak into who they are and what they love to eat. 

Photo of Dino Tracks Shortbread Cookies on a white plate with toy T-rex with one foot on the plate and one foot on the grey tile and against a white subway tile background.

Dino Tracks Shortbread Cookies

My nephew loves dinosaurs and can’t get enough of them. So he inspired me to make these dino tracks shortbread cookies. The recipe for the dough is very simple, but you do have to have the butter and cream cheese softened which takes about an hour once you take them out of the fridge.

Once the dough is made than you need to put it in the fridge to rest for at least an hour. Since the dough is spilt into two discs, I pulled one out of the fridge at a time to work with. Then I followed all of the recipe steps to where you put the cookies in the freezer before baking. Once the first cookie sheet was in the freezer I pulled out the second disc of dough and by the time I had those cookies ready to go into the freezer the first pan was ready to go into the oven. It worked out perfectly doing them like this. 

When you are making the footprints on the cookie dough you do have to press fairly hard to get the imprint. It will seem like you are almost pushing too hard but trust the process. I also found it worked out great putting two cookies spaced evenly so I could make two footprints at once. 

After both pans of cookies were finished baking and cooled, I melted the chocolate. I tried using the pastry brush I had, and it just didn’t work so I wound up dipping the edge of the cookies into the chocolate – this worked! However, I did use melted chocolate chips and they worked okay but it would have been better with the melting chocolates, such as Ghiradelli ones. 

The cookies tasted really good, and the shortbread recipe is one of the best I have had. I will definitely make this again – they would be great for a kid’s party. 

photo of 4 marshmallow egg surprises - with one open and a green gummy frog in it. Sitting on a grey and white gingham plate on a wood backdrop.

Marshmallow Egg Surprise

I really like marshmallow treats but rarely make them. When I found this recipe, I thought they sounded pretty easy to make and had the extra surprise inside of the eggs. I couldn’t find any gummy dinosaurs, so I used gummy frogs instead. 

The recipe is straightforward and only requires the microwave. Make sure you have plenty of butter out to put on your hands or all of the marshmallow egg surprise will get stuck to you! Since it is fall, I also had a hard time finding any large plastic eggs, so I shaped the mixture by hand, and it worked. Once the marshmallow eggs sat for a little bit you couldn’t even see where I used the white chocolate to put the two halves together. They were delicious and would be such a fun surprise for kids of all ages. Oh, and surprisingly the gummy frogs didn’t stick to the marshmallow mixture and fell out when I opened up the egg. 

Cookbook Ratings: Recipe directions easy to follow: yes, Ingredients easy to find: yes, Specialty ingredients needed: no, Specialty equipment needed: no, Accurate time estimates: yes, Best for home chef skill level: novice, Taste/flavor: delicious, Family friendly: yes, specialty diet: no, How many recipes are unique: most, overall cookbook rating: love it

I loved Jurassic World: The Official Cookbook. It offers such a wide variety of recipes whether you are feeding a planteater, a meat eater, or someone with a sweet tooth. All of the recipes I tried were easy to follow and could be executed by a home chef at any level. A lot of the recipes offer tips to help you and options to change up the recipe. 

I hope you take a journey through the park with me and Jurassic World: The Official Cookbook. Which recipe are you diving into first?

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