Unicorn Poop

  
What is better for a little girls (almost) birthday celebration at school than unicorn poop cookies? Not much! Sparkles, sprinkles, tie dye. Talk about a throw back to Lisa Frank, it was like my middle school trapper keeper threw up in my kitchen! I realize I may have just dated myself with that comment… 

These cookies are not as hard to make as the look. We’ve discussed my lack of Betty Crocker baking skills on here many times before. If I can do these, you can do these. 

The most important step that may get skipped is chilling the dough. Don’t skip this part. If you don’t chill the dough it will be sticky and your colors will run together when you roll the dough. Risking the chance of the cookies just looking like poo and not the unicorn kind…

Any sugar cookie dough will work. I’ve included the tasty recipe I used. This recipe is also doubled. With Emma taking cookies to class and our families cookie/cookie dough addiction I made mass quantities to err to the side of caution. With no further ramblings here is the recipe so you can have your own unicorn poop! 

Unicorn Poop Cookies 

Sugar Cookies

  • 3 1/2 sticks butter
  • 3 Cups granulated sugar

Cream until light and fluffy. Mix in: 

  • 4 large eggs, room temperature 
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract 

In a separate bowl combine the following: 

  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Slowly add dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Mix until well combined.

The start of our adventure.

Next comes the food coloring. Gel food coloring works the best for vibrant colors with some pop. Divide your dough in to equal portions. Same number of portions as colors you’re using. I had 5. Combine the desired amount of coloring and dough to get the shade you want. Be careful to clean bowl/utensils so you don’t mix your colors.  

Wrap in plastic wrap and chill the dough for at least an hour. DO NOT skip this step! Let me repeat chill the dough. 

Once your dough is chilled cut in to strips. Stack the strips in a pile. Gently roll in to a large log. Think way back to your play dough days. Making these cookies is kind of like using yummy, edible play dough. 

Be sure to lightly flour your rolling surface. This dough can get sticky! Don’t worry about flour on the outside of the dough. When the cookies are baked it will go away.

  

Once my dough was in a large log, I sectioned it off a few inches at a time. If you roll the dough too much your colors combine. Then just make “snakes”.  

 
When your dough is down to about a quarter inch in fatness, begin to curl it in a circle. I made my cookies about 1-1 1/2 inches in diameter.  

  
 Bake the cookies on an untreated baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Be careful not to over bake. Let cookies set a few minutes before moving them to cool.  

 
Once cookies are completely cooled, decorate! Now we all know unicorns poo sparkles and glitter….  

 
This is edible sparkle gel icing. 1 tube of this was plenty to decorate with. Simply squeeze a small amount in to a bowl. Using a paint brush apply a thin layer of sparkles to the top of the cookie.  

 
While the gel is still sticky top with sprinkles. The brighter the colors the better! This is unicorn poo after all.  

 
Enjoy your bright and colorful cookies with an ice cold glass of milk or a warm cup of coffee! 

Running The Kids

Tonight is a BIG night. Anniversary? Birthday? Letting the cows out for the first time this year? No. Tonight begins our park districts youth track season. I know, calm your horses. It is intense!

For the next 4 weeks you’ll find us camped out at our high school one or two nights a week. Track meets begin at 6 in the evening and generally run a few hours depending on how many kids are there. Running, throwing, jumping, these kids have a blast. 

 

Taylor insisted on only wearing his cowboy boots the first few meets last year.

 
With meets starting in the early evening we have to hustle to get the afternoon chores done and supper eaten before dashing out the door (get the track innuendo 😜) . While it may give one of the kids an advantage to be permeated with “au de le bovine” and no one wanting to run by them, we try to avoid this. We have gotten impressively fast at eating, cleaning up and heading out. 

So why go thru the rush? I mean the older part of the tribe is only 5 and 6. This can be chaotic for the chance at a medal or a ribbon they might not even remember winning in a few years. 

I want my kids to be involved. While the farm pretty much consumes our lives, I still want them to know there is more to life than the farm. They love being at the farm helping and dragging their calves around. But chances are, out of 3 kids we’ll be lucky if just one of them decides to stay. 

 

This girl loves to run hurdles!

 
We try to let them be involved as much as we can. We’re fortunate to live in an area that has immense amounts of activities for kids. From sports to 4-H to scouts, it’s covered. I want to them to be able to experience new things. 

Childhood is about making memories and friends. Learning new things and sharing experiences. I don’t want to let living on a farm get in the way of that. My parents let me be involved in pretty much any group I brought a sign up sheet home for. I want my kids to be as involved as I was. 

Will I feel tired and probably slightly frazzled tonight when I go from barn to track back to milk the girls one more time before bed? Most likely. Will track practice be fun and a way to kick back with my kiddos? Most definitely. So if you see a tired looking woman, wandering around with a big cup of coffee, crazy hair and enough perfume on to cover the “au de le Cow” up, don’t worry it’s just me.