How to Make Unicorn Head Cookies
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
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:
- Pink royal icing (I mixed Wilton Rose (a little goes a long way) with Americolor Electric Purple.)
- Green icing (I mixed two parts Americolor Egg Yellow with one part Mint Green.)
- Blue icing (I mixed equal parts Americolor Teal and Sky Blue.)
- Yellow icing (I mixed Americolor Lemon Yellow and Egg Yellow.)
- Purple icing (I mixed Rainbow Dust Progel Purple and Americolor Electric Purple.)
- Light Pink icing (I mixed the tiniest amount of Wilton Pink with Americolor Copper.)
- White and Black icing
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.
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.
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.
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.
The last step is to add all the fine line details like the eyes, the nostrils, and on the hair.
The steps above are summarized in the time-lapsed video below.
For gift options, they can be packaged in a number of ways. Like as mini cookies housed in these mini bags...
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.
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.
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. :)