How to Make Unicorn Head Cookies

Written by Mike Tamplin • May 15, 2017

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How to Make Unicorn Head Cookies
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If you knew some of the things that inspire my cookie designs you'd probably laugh. Take these unicorn head cookies, for instance. Any guesses? Do they maybe look familiar to you?

I've mentioned before how I sometimes draw from tv shows of my childhood for inspiration, and this batch is no exception. These unicorn head cookies were inspired by Muppet style maven, Missy Piggy. Do you see the resemblance now?

As I was doodling some unicorn ideas, I was hoping for a design that looked playful and flirty. Simple, yet sassy. Miss Piggy came to mind and I think the blend of her as a unicorn kind of works for these cookies.  

Unicorn, Shooting Star, & Rainbow Cookie Cutters

The cookie cutter for these unicorn head cookies is just one of three new cutter designs just added to the shop.

unicorn, star, and rainbow cookie cutters

Each of these cookie cutters are available in various sizes: Large, Regular, and Mini. In the example photos below, I used all three of these sizes as demos. However, for the tutorial itself, I'm decorating the LARGE-sized unicorn head cookie.

Also, if there's a size option that you would like to have available just let me know. I'll try to accommodate.

Template for the Unicorn Head Cookies

To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template of the unicorn head design, as well as the designs for shooting star and the rainbow cloud cookies.

You can download the unicorn head cookie template HERE.

If you have a Kopykake or Pico projector, just print it out (or pull it up on your mobile device) and you are good to go. For those without a projector, follow the suggested steps below by tracing the design onto the cookie with an edible food marker.

The Decorating Process

For these unicorn head cookies, I went with a rainbow color scheme involving six different colors. Feel free to use as many or as little colors you desire. As a simpler alternative, a unicorn with a single color for hair would look just as great with much less prep work.

You will need the following suggested colors:

Step 1

For those without a projector, begin by making a guideline for where the head and ears should be. I made a template with template plastic from the PDF file above and used a food marker to draw the guideline on the cookie.

unicorn head cookies step 1

Step 2

Using the marker line as a guide, outline and then flood the head and ear area with white royal icing. Let this icing set up for about 20 minutes.

unicorn head cookies step 2

Step 3

Next, start filling every other section of the hair and horn. Let those sections set, then fill in the remaining sections. Let the cookie dry for about 1 to 2 hours.

unicorn head cookies step 3

Step 4

Once the base layer had time to dry, it's time to add the second layer of details. Add the first hair bangs and the snout as shown. Let that set, then add the other hair bang and mouth detail. Let the cookie dry for another 1 to 2 hours.

unicorn head cookies step 4

Step 5

The last step is to add all the fine line details like the eyes, the nostrils, and on the hair.

unicorn head cookies step 5

Video Tutorial

The steps above are summarized in the time-lapsed video below.

To complement this colorful, rainbow set, I included a shooting star and rainbow cloud cookie to accompany these unicorn head cookies.

unicorn, shooting star, and rainbow cookies

For gift options, they can be packaged in a number of ways. Like as mini cookies housed in these mini bags...

unicorn rainbow mini cookies

Or in boxed sets, as shown below. I used a mix of the Large, Regular, and Mini sizes to create different combinations. Each large sized cookie fits perfectly in the square 4"x4" gift box.

unicorn cookie gift boxes

Also, you can see from the above image that the rainbow cloud cookie cutter can be changed up in a number of ways. You can personalize it with a name, add a smiling cloud couple, or keep it simple as just clouds.

rainbow cloud cookies

These unicorn head cookies are a simplified version of these whole body unicorn cookies I made last year. If I had to vote, simple is my preferred way to go. Now I think this cookie set is my new favorite set. :)

unicorn rainbow cookies
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