Unicorn Poop


One of our favorite cookies to make, the kids love these! After the cookies are finished you can coat with sparkle gel and/or edible glitter to give them some sparkle and add some sprinkles to the still-wet gel for more texture. Let cookies dry completely before stacking.

Prep Time:
1 hrs
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
16 cookies


  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup shortening

  • 3 ½ tablespoons cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 24 drops assorted food coloring, or as desired

  • 1 tablespoon silver candy decorating dragees, or as desired (Optional)


  1. Combine butter, shortening, and cream cheese in a large bowl. Beat using an electric mixer until smooth. Add sugar and salt; beat until combined. Beat in egg and almond extract until well mixed. Gradually add flour, blending until dough is combined.

  2. Form dough into a ball with your hands. Stretch into a log shape and divide into 6 portions, or 1 per each color you plan to use.

  3. Center 1 portion of dough on a large piece of plastic wrap. Poke a well into the center with your thumb. Add 3 drops of food coloring into the well; fold dough over the coloring. Seal with the plastic wrap and knead the food coloring into the dough. Add more food coloring if needed. Tint each remaining dough ball with a different color.

  4. Chill the tinted dough in the refrigerator, about 1 hour.

  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.

  6. Divide each tinted dough ball into 8 equal pieces. Refrigerating the rest while you work, roll 1 piece out into a 6-inch rope over a waxed paper-lined or lightly floured surface. Repeat with the remaining dough pieces, stacking 1 rope of each color into a pile to make 8 multicolored piles.

  7. Gently press the ropes of 1 pile together and use your hands to roll the large multicolored 'rope' until round and smooth. Lengthen to 10 or 12 inches if desired. Cut in half. Use your hands to gently twist and roll both ends of each half in different directions. Use your imagination to coil rope pieces into the shape of unicorn poop. Repeat with remaining dough.

  8. Press silver candy dragees into the dough pieces. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheet.

  9. Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are set and bottoms are light brown, 8 to 10 minutes; they will not spread very far. Cool on a wire rack.

Cook's Note:

You can freeze the tinted dough for 15 to 20 minutes instead of refrigerating, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

232 Calories
14g Fat
25g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 232
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 140mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 2g
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 27mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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