My baby girl turns seven years old today and I was fully expecting to create pretty princess or fairy-themed cupcakes for her to share with her classmates. She, however, had other ideas in mind: Unicorn Poop Cookies. <sigh> I had never heard of Unicorn Poop Cookies, but my two daughters reveled in describing them to me, giggling all the while. I used my tried-and-true lemon sugar cookie recipe and punted the rest of the way based on their instructions.
UNICORN POOP COOKIES
4 cups sifted flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs at room temperature
¾ cup butter (1 ½ sticks) at room-temperature (don’t melt it!)
2 teaspoons vanilla
zest of one lemon
LET’S MAKE IT!
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a bowl, stir together dry ingredients.
In a second bowl (with a stand mixer or electric mixer), beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, lemon zest and vanilla.
Stir in flour mixture. The should look crumbly.
Divide dough into 4 pieces and place each in its own bowl.
Add a few drops of food coloring each bowl, mix thoroughly.
Roll each dough color into a ball.
DO NOT REFRIGERATE DOUGH!!
Cut each colored ball into 4 pieces.
Using one piece of each color, re-assemble the balls so that each of the four new balls contains all four colors.
Press dough together, mixing slightly, but don’t over-work it or the cookies will be rock hard.
The goal from here is to get the dough shaped into skinny snakes of uniform width- get it done however you can- there is no right or wrong way.
This is how I went about it:
On top of a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, begin coiling the dough starting from the center of the cookie, working out. Coil dough in an upward spiral, ending in the center. Try not to coil more than 3 layers high.
Sprinkle with colored sugar.
Bake until barely golden (approx. 12-15 minutes).