This post is dedicated to Gary R. Danielson. You see, today he turns 60! He is the best father a gal could ask for and I love him so, so, so much. Happy Birthday Gary!
Kind of alot. Oh, and thank you to 14Four for making me the sorcerer of Firefox.
Today is the day where I’ll share with you the top-secret recipe I have been plotting. Please bear in mind, this recipe is not for the weak n’weary. This is balls-to-the-wall, bat-sh*t cookie craziness. Before you go assuming that nothing could be worthy of such a valiant culinary effort, know this: people will love you more after you make this recipe. It’s that simple.
Here’s what I suggest: Make these on your next day off. Print off the recipe, grab yourself a cappuccino and head to the grocery store. $30 and 7 hours later you’ll be glad you did. Not only does this recipe take a little time, but also some pre-planning. Living in a place like Jackson Hole, Wyoming means that I’m devoid of certain amenities like a cake supply shop or Target. I was forced to take to the internets to procure such ingredients as edible glitter, which costs$6.78 for 5 grams. BFD – these puppies are worth it. Plus, every gal needs a little edible glitter in her life.
I should also note that this recipe is by no means a creation of my own mind. While I hate to admit it, there are other unicorn fans out there who are darn clever – click here to see this idea in it’s original form. You’ll note the author is quite funny, which furthered my determination to successfully re-create these majestic little gems in my own kitch. I mean, she calls them “unicorn poops” for heaven’s sake. You gotta love her.
I followed her recipe on instructables very closely, but obviously modified it just slightly to fit my needs.
♥UNICORN BITES ♥
Step One: Make the dough
Here is where you can introduce any basic sugar cookie recipe you like. I used the one from the instructables site, but ended up not loving the taste so I would suggest another sugar cookie dough that you’ve made before.
Step Two: Dye the dough
Now that you have your dough completed, you’ll need to separate it out into 6 equal portions for red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. I used a half cup measure for each color and it came out just about perfect for 6 portions. Place the dough into 6 different cups or bowls and using regular food coloring, dye your doughs to your desired shades.
I noticed that I needed way more food coloring for the red and blue shades. Make sure you mix the colors into your doughs thoroughly. Try and enlist a friend to help with this step as your hand will get super tired if doing this sans a hand mixer. I went for nice, bold shades of each color to achieve maximum unicorn-ness.
Once the doughs are dyed, place them in plastic bags and refrigerate the doughs for at least one hour.
Step Three: Molding the dough
Once the doughs have been refrigerated it’s time to make the cookies! I literally achieved the shape of my cookies using the tried and true, trial and error method. What I found to be the easiest was to grab a small amount of dough (like a walnut sized piece) and roll it in between your palms to create a little snake shape, about 4 inches long. On a floured surface, roll out little snakes like this in each color in rainbow order and stack them next to eachother like this.
Once you have all the colors laid out nicely, roll them all together into one rainbow rope.
Now, take the rope and twist it like your twisting a tootsie roll wrapper.
At this point, I set the rope down onto the cookie sheet and formed it into almost a butt shape, as seen here.
You can really get creative and form your rope into any shape you like. The gal from the instructables site formed hers into more poopy looking shapes. So pick your poison.
Step Four: Baking and Decorating
After you have successfully molded all your dough into wonderful cookies, place them on the cookie sheet and bake them per the instructions you followed for your dough. They may take a little longer to bake if you made them a little thicker like I did. Watch them closely because we don’t want our beautiful rainbows to turn brown. After you remove them from the oven, immediately grab your shiny balls and push them into the dough. I used a toothpick to help aid me with this step.
Once the cookies have cooled, it’s time to add our first layer of sparkle. Take the sparkle gel and spread it all over the cookie, I used my finger because I’m classy.
Immediately after spreading the sparkle gel, press on the flower sprikles or any other sprinkles or jimmies you have on hand.
After the sprinkles are adhered, it’s Tinkerbell time! Take the edible glitter, pinch a tiny amount and sprinkle delicately across the surface of each cookie. Dot a little on your cheekbones while you’re at it.
And now, the majesty is completed. Spread the joy, share the sparkle, shine the light of the unicorn on someone’s day!