I’ve been wanting to make unicorn poop cookies for years, but every time I looked up recipes online they were hard and discouraging. Most recipes require shortening, cream cheese, and a lot of working fast and fridge time. Who has the time? I have developed a recipe that only uses butter, needs no fridge time, and the cookies retain their poop shape. The cookies end up looking like real poops; not something I ever thought I would brag about. This recipe makes 8 big poops, but you can certainly make 16 small poops (rolling out smaller pieces) or simply double the recipe.

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ice cream flavored extract (or cotton candy or almond…)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • Gel food coloring (the amount of colors you want to use)
  • Colorful sugar sprinkles or edible glitter or nothing
  • Rubber gloves

 

You will eventually preheat the oven to 350° F. but it is too early now. I’ll tell you when, trust me, otherwise it will be on for too long unnecessarily.

Using a stand mixer or handheld mixer cream together the butter and sugar until they are smooth and  slightly lighter in color.

Add the vanilla and ice cream extract and mix until combined into the the mixture. I chose the ice cream extract because that is how I imagine unicorn poop to taste like. But if you think the unicorns in your area have poops that smell like cotton candy, almonds, or flowers, use those instead. A 1/2 teaspoon might seem like a small amount but the flavor is more of a lingering aftertaste rather than a dominant flavor.

Crack the egg into a small bowl and beat with a fork until combined. Pour only half the egg into the mixer. The original recipe I adjusted was double the amount and required one full egg. You don’t have to be very precise here, I poured in a little and left a little in the bowl and they came out amazing (even if I do say so myself).  If you decided to double the recipe, simply add the full egg. Mix until the egg disappears into the batter.

Add the baking powder, salt, and all purpose flour. Mix on low until the flour is absorbed enough that it will not fly everywhere, then mix on medium until the dough begins to form a ball, this should take about a minute.

Empty the dough onto a clean work surface. I taped parchment paper onto the table and that worked great.

Now preheat the oven to 350° F. The oven will have enough time to heat up while you shape the cookies.

Roll the dough into one large cylinder and cut, as equally as you can, into the amount of food coloring you have. I found 5 colors of food coloring at the supermarket that I liked (yellow, green, blue, purple, and pink). Unicorn poop cookies are not steeped in tradition so you can make them the colors that bring the most joy into your life. Also, they don’t have to be five colors. If you like less colors or more colors, that is also doable.

As I mentioned, I found 5 colors I liked so I cut the dough (eyeballing) accordingly. Place a few drops of the food coloring in the center of the ball of dough and knead until the color is consistent all over. A word to the wise, use cloves while you knead the color in, otherwise your hands will look like you played with actual poop.

Start conservatively at first with a few drops and see how that looks. I added color about 3 times in some balls of dough until I was happy with the hue. I like a more pastely looking poop; again it all depends what the unicorns in your area eat.

Once all the doughs are colored you can stop using the gloves, it will no longer color your hands. I decided on making 8 poop cookies so I flattened the dough into disks and cut each color into 8 smaller pieces, as you would a play-doh pizza. They don’t have to be completely even pieces, it is unicorn poop after all.

The great thing about this dough is that it does not need refrigeration in order to retain its shape. So you can leave it right there on the counter as you shape each poop. And this dough does not require any extra flour to be rolled out.

Each cookie consists of on small piece of each color. Roll each color into equal’ish ropes.

Place 3 colors side-by-side and two more colors on top of them.

With your thumb and forefinger lightly smooch the colors together and then with the palm of your hands lightly roll it into one big rope.

Grab one side of the rope and twist in one directly 3 times, grab the other end of the rope and twist in the opposite direction 3 times.

Don’t worry if the dough begins to crack slightly, simply roll it once again with your palms until it is smooth. To give a more believable look, make the edges a little more pointed.

Forming the poop is also a personal preference kinda thing. I rolled one side into itself to form a C and draped the other side over the top. But if you have seen other unicorn poop shapes you would like to mimic, please feel free. The process of rolling the ropes and shaping the poop takes a lot longer than you probably think, just be prepared for that.

Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving a few inches of space between them. Bake in the now preheated oven for about 8-10 minutes. This all depends on how big your poops are (the cookies that is). Mine were somewhat big so they needed about 13 minutes in the oven. Take them out before they change colors.

Make it rain sprinkles on them while they are still warm poop cookies.

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes before attempting to remove them. Otherwise they will fall apart and it will look like unicorn diarrhea instead.

 

 

Best Unicorn Poop Cookies Ever (Fast, Easy, and Unicorny)
 
I've been wanting to make unicorn poop cookies for years, but every time I looked up recipes online they were hard and discouraging. Most recipes require shortening, cream cheese, and a lot of working fast and fridge time. Who has the time? I have developed a recipe that only uses butter, needs no fridge time, and the cookies retain their poop shape. The cookies end up looking like real poops; not something I ever thought I would brag about. This recipe makes 8 big poops, but you can certainly make 16 small poops (rolling out smaller pieces) or simply double the recipe.
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Recipe type: Cookie
Cuisine: Unicorn
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ice cream flavored extract (or cotton candy or almond...)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups of all purpose flour
  • Gel food coloring (the amount of colors you want to use)
  • Colorful sugar sprinkles or edible glitter or nothing
  • Rubber gloves
Instructions
  1. You will eventually preheat the oven to 350° F. but it is too early now. I'll tell you when, trust me, otherwise it will be on for too long unnecessarily.
  2. Using a stand mixer or handheld mixer cream together the butter and sugar until they are smooth and  slightly lighter in color.
  3. Add the vanilla and ice cream extract and mix until combined into the the mixture. I chose the ice cream extract because that is how I imagine unicorn poop to taste like. But if you think the unicorns in your area have poops that smell like cotton candy, almonds, or flowers, use those instead. A ½ teaspoon might seem like a small amount but the flavor is more of a lingering aftertaste rather than a dominant flavor.
  4. Crack the egg into a small bowl and beat with a fork until combined. Pour only half the egg into the mixer. The original recipe I adjusted was double the amount and required one full egg. You don't have to be very precise here, I poured in a little and left a little in the bowl and they came out amazing (even if I do say so myself).  If you decided to double the recipe, simply add the full egg. Mix until the egg disappears into the batter.
  5. Add the baking powder, salt, and all purpose flour. Mix on low until the flour is absorbed enough that it will not fly everywhere, then mix on medium until the dough begins to form a ball, this should take about a minute.
  6. Empty the dough onto a clean work surface. I taped parchment paper onto the table and that worked great.
  7. Now preheat the oven to 350° F. The oven will have enough time to heat up while you shape the cookies.
  8. Roll the dough into one large cylinder and cut, as equally as you can, into the amount of food coloring you have. I found 5 colors of food coloring at the supermarket that I liked (yellow, green, blue, purple, and pink). Unicorn poop cookies are not steeped in tradition so you can make them the colors that bring the most joy into your life. Also, they don't have to be five colors. If you like less colors or more colors, that is also doable.
  9. As I mentioned, I found 5 colors I liked so I cut the dough (eyeballing) accordingly. Place a few drops of the food coloring in the center of the ball of dough and knead until the color is consistent all over. A word to the wise, use cloves while you knead the color in, otherwise your hands will look like you played with actual poop.
  10. Start conservatively at first with a few drops and see how that looks. I added color about 3 times in some balls of dough until I was happy with the hue. I like a more pastely looking poop; again it all depends what the unicorns in your area eat.
  11. Once all the doughs are colored you can stop using the gloves, it will no longer color your hands. I decided on making 8 poop cookies so I flattened the dough into disks and cut each color into 8 smaller pieces, as you would a play-doh pizza. They don't have to be completely even pieces, it is unicorn poop after all.
  12. The great thing about this dough is that it does not need refrigeration in order to retain its shape. So you can leave it right there on the counter as you shape each poop. And this dough does not require any extra flour to be rolled out.
  13. Each cookie consists of on small piece of each color. Roll each color into equal'ish ropes. Place 3 colors side-by-side and two more colors on top of them. With your thumb and forefinger lightly smooch the colors together and then with the palm of your hands lightly roll it into one big rope.
  14. Grab one side of the rope and twist in one directly 3 times, grab the other end of the rope and twist in the opposite direction 3 times. Don't worry if the dough begins to crack slightly, simply roll it once again with your palms until it is smooth. To give a more believable look, make the edges a little more pointed.
  15. Forming the poop is also a personal preference kinda thing. I rolled one side into itself to form a C and draped the other side over the top. But if you have seen other unicorn poop shapes you would like to mimic, please feel free. The process of rolling the ropes and shaping the poop takes a lot longer than you probably think, just be prepared for that.
  16. Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving a few inches of space between them. Bake in the now preheated oven for about 8-10 minutes. This all depends on how big your poops are (the cookies that is). Mine were somewhat big so they needed about 13 minutes in the oven. Take them out before they change colors.
  17. Make it rain sprinkles on them while they are still warm poop cookies.
  18. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes before attempting to remove them. Otherwise they will fall apart and it will look like unicorn diarrhea instead.