So, our daugher just turned 8 and desperately wanted a Unicorn-themed party. I have never baked and decorated cookies before but I thought let's give it ago!! After ALOT of research, here's what worked....
Gather Your Ingredients:
All purpose flour
Sift 3 cups of AP flour, 3/4 teaspoon of baking powder and a pinch of salt into a bowl and set aside. In your beloved stand mixer, beat 1 cup of softened unsalted butter and 1 cup of sugar until light in color. Add 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of milk and continue to beat until combined. Turn the mixer onto the lowest setting and slowly add the flour (make sure you turn it to low or else you will be covered in the flour - I learned the hard way!). Keep beating until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Divide the cookie dough in half and wrap in waxed paper and put into the fridge for about 2 hours. (Thanks Alton Brown.)
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Sprinkle powdered sugar on your work surface and on the rolling pin. Take one of the cookie dough packets out of the fridge and and roll dough until about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out the cookie shape and then use a spatula to move the cookie with the cookie cutter onto a baking tray lined with parchment. Remove the cookie cutter once you have placed it on the cookie tray. Bake for arouund 7-9 minutes, until the edged just begin to turn brown. Rotate the cookie tray about half way through. Once you have removed them from the oven, let them rest for a couple of minutes before transferring them onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Whisk 1 pound of confectioners' sugar and 4 tablespoons of meringue powder in the mixer bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence and about 5-6 tablespoons of water depending on the consistancy that you need. For the unicorn cookies, use a fairly stiff consistancy to pipe the outline of the unicorn head. Then use a thinner (but not runny) icing to flood the center and cover the whole cookie. You can buy little needle scribers that you use to even out the icing so that it is lovely and smooth. As the icing is drying add a tiny bit of pink icing for the ears and use the scribe to make sure that shape looked ok. Let the icing dry completely. I then used different colors to pipe the rosettes on the head, an edible black pen to draw on the eyes, and yellow frosting in horizontal lines, dusted with gold cake dust for the horn. To finish it off I painted on a little pink shimmery cake dust for the cheeks. I was pretty impressed how they turned out. It was quite time consuming and I'm not sure I will do them again in a hurry but they all disappeared pretty quickly at the party!
We rented the playground pavillion at Chickahominy River Front Park - fabulous. So much space, playground right there and of course bathrooms!!
Thanks to Chick-fil-A for the always delicous nuggets that were eaten in a heartbeat. ❤
We totally cheated and ordered fruit, veggie and sandwich platters from Publix as well an absolutely insane unicorn cake!! I felt that the cookies had exhausted my emerging baking talents - ha ha! I have to say, I had never experienced shopping at Publix until moving to Williamsburg. What a joy! Their staff are super friendly and they went above and beyond with the party order.
Take a look at this cake - isn't it amazing?! Yes, we were eating it for days but it was so worth it. Delicous as well as beautiful.
Thanks to everyone who made Holly's birthday so special, espcially our older children for coming down to totally surprise her! It is a birthday she won't forget.