We are hosting a neighborhood St. Patrick’s Day party this weekend. I’ve been seeing versions of these cookies all over Pinterest and I thought they would be a fun addition to the party. Plus they were really fun to make with the kids. The kids commented that they felt like they were playing with playdough. The ones the kids’ made were put aside and they tucked the cookies into their lunches last week. Their friends were extremely jealous about these pretty cookies. The ones for the party have been stored in the freezer. I believe in advance preparation for parties as much as possible. It makes the day of the party much more enjoyable.
If you’ve got any great suggestions for party food, please send them along. I’m having a little bit of a hosting block on this one. The food can’t all be green and rainbows. Though that would be fun, wouldn’t it?
Unicorn Poop Cookies
(adapted from Butter Twists in Martha Stewart’s Cookies)
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 large egg whites
- 3 cups plus 4 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- food coloring & sprinkles
Preheat oven to 350° F. Cream together butter and sugar. Add vanilla and egg whites. Mix together to combine. Add flour and salt; mix until combined. You may need to knead with your hands to incorporate all the flour since this is a stiff dough. Divide dough in separate bowls equally into the number of different colors that you’ll be using. We did 5 colors; red, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Add 1 or 2 drops of food coloring to each bowl of dough and mix to distribute the color evenly.
Pinch off a little of each color dough and push gently together into one piece. Roll each piece of multi-colored dough into a 6-inch log. Roll into a spiral and then dip the edge into sprinkles. Space 1 inch apart on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 7-10 minutes. Let cool on parchment of wire racks. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.
We also made some that were in the butter twist shapes. Besides being gorgeously colorful cookies I think that the name of the recipe got the kids more excited than anything else. They were thrilled to be able to tell their friends that they were eating Unicorn Poop cookies.