I have a love hate relationship with this unicorn cookie. I love how it turned out, but I really hated cutting out the cookies, thanks to a cutter with four narrow parts that trapped my cookie dough.
A unicorn has to have its tail, horn and legs so I stuck with it (pardon the pun) and finally figured out a way to get the dough to release from the cutter. It did take some gentle prodding but now I know exactly what to do next time.
Because these cookies are going to be shipped across the country, I kept the embellishments fairly simple and flat. For instance, a long flowing mane made from piped strands of icing would be pretty but I knew it also could be easily broken off, so I instead opted to use the brushed embroidery technique to add texture. I also chose to add a touch of gold to the hooves and tip of the horn with luster dust instead of sprinkles because it's finer and stays in place better.
Here's how I made them:
|I rolled out the cookie dough and then chilled it in the refrigerator until is was cold and very firm.|
|Using lots of flour on the cutter didn't help the dough release. What did help, was coating the inside of the cutter with baking spray.|
|After cutting the dough, I placed the cutter over my lined baking sheet and gently eased the dough out with a soft brush. The brush didn't leave poke marks in the dough and worked like a charm.|
|Clean cut cookies ready for baking.|
|The cookie after baking. I did notice that the baking spray caused a bit more browning than usual but that's okay, I'll take it!|
|Outline and fill the cookies with white royal icing.|
|Use a skewer or scribe tool to help fill in all the gaps and give the cookie a gentle shake to help the icing settle.|
|One more to go and then these cookies need to dry overnight before adding more decorations.|
|Once the cookies have dried, add some piping consistency pink icing to the tail.|
|Use a square tip brush to pull the icing down and give movement to the tail.|
|Do the same to the mane. Clean your brush off periodically between swipes.|
|The mane and tail are done!|
|For the horn, I added spaced stripes of piping consistency lavender icing using a #1 tip.|
|Then I added more stripes to fill in the gaps.|
|For the hooves, I brushed on some of the blue icing that I used for the eye.|
|Immediately, while the icing is still wet, sprinkle on a touch of gold luster dust.|
|I also added luster dust to the tip of the horns, the same way I added it to the hooves. I painted on a bit of icing and immediately sprinkled on the luster dust.|
|Let your cookies dry completely before serving, packaging or in my case, mailing.|