This is the best Unicorn sugar cookies recipe for Unicorn themed birthday parties and more. These soft and fluffy cookies can be made in any desired colors for a festive treat.

Unicorn sugar cookies in a pile.
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Unicorn lovers will go crazy over these fun sugar cookies swirled with these gorgeous vibrant colors. Not only does this cookie recipe look whimsical, but they taste delicious. You might also like Unicorn Poop Cookies, Unicorn Popcorn, Unicorn Fudge, and Unicorn Cupcakes.

For more fun cookies, try Mickey Mouse Cookies and Red Hot Cookies. We also love to make Birthday Cake Pops.

Why we love these cookies:

Everything you love about classic sugar cookies is packed into these tasty cookies. They are so soft and fluffy while being incredibly simple to make. Let the kids help make these easy unicorn sugar cookies for lots of fun.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Unicorn sugar cookies.
  • butter (softened)
  • Granulated Sugar (divided) 
  • Large Eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder 
  • Salt
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Pink, Blue, Purple and Green Gel Food Coloring 

Variations:

  • Try different colors. You can use any colors you prefer in this recipe to match any theme.
  • Sprinkles. Add sprinkles to the cookies before baking. You can use any color you want.
  • Icing. Top the cookies with icing or sandwich two cookies between icing for a decadent treat.
  • Cookies. Instead of swirling the dough, you can make the cookies a solid color and top with colorful sprinkles. They will be pretty displayed together in an assortment of colors.

How to make unicorn sugar cookies:

Mixing bowl with dry ingredients.

Step 1. While the oven is preheating, combine the dry ingredients. In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside. 

Mixing bowl with butter and sugar being creamed.

Step 2. Next, get out a separate bowl and cream the butter with the granulated sugar. I used a hand held mixer or stand up mixer. The consistency should be smooth and creamy.

Eggs added to bowl.

Step 3. Combine the eggs and vanilla extract.

Mixture combined until smooth.

Step 4. Mix until thoroughly combined and smooth.

Wet and dry ingredients combined.

Step 5. Mix together the wet and dry ingredients. Everything should be well combined.

Dough separated into bowls with dye.

Step 6. Divide the dough. Dye the dough. Add 3 drops of each food coloring to each bowl and mix well until they are each a vibrant color.

Cookie dough formed into balls and dipped in sugar.

Step 7.  Place the remaining granulated sugar into a small, shallow bowl.  Shape the dough into one-inch sized balls with multiple colors. Then roll the balls into the granulated sugar.

Cookies baked and resting on baking sheet.

Step 8. Place the cookies on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes until the top of the cookies begin to crack.  

Cookies on wire rack.

Step 9. Allow the cookies to cool a few minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cookies on platter.

Step 10. Place on a serving platter and enjoy.

Pro Tips:

  • Room temperature ingredients. The butter and eggs should be room temperature.
  • Do not overbake. If the cookies are overbaked, they will lose some of their vibrant colors and start to brown.
  • Gel food coloring. We suggest gel food coloring for the brightest and prettiest cookies.
Unicorn sugar cookies on a cooling rack.

FAQs

How to store:

Store the leftover cookies in an airtight container or ziplock bag at room temperature for up to 5 days.  Keep a slice of bread in the container with the cookies to keep them moist. 

How to freeze unicorn cookies:

There are two options for freezing these cookies. You can freeze the dough before cooking. This method is a great way to enjoy fresh baked cookies any day of the week.

Make the dough as instructed and form the balls. Place on a baking sheet and flash freeze for 1 to 2 hours. Then transfer to a freezer bag or container.
This will prevent the cookies from sticking to each other. You can bake them when ready. However, you may need to add a few extra minutes to the baking time if frozen.

The other option is to freeze the cookies after they are baked. Place the cookies inside a freezer container or bag. We recommend using parchment paper in between the cookies.
Learn how to freeze cookie dough and find more great tips and information to freeze this unicorn cookies recipe.

Unicorn sugar cookies in a pile.

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Unicorn Sugar Cookies

5 from 3 votes
This is the best Unicorn sugar cookies recipe for Unicorn themed birthday parties and more. These soft and fluffy cookies can be made in any desired colors for a festive treat.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Let Sit 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 169

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, cream together the butter with 1 ¼ cups of the granulated sugar with a hand held mixer or stand up mixer. .
  • Add in the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients on low speed.
  • Separate the dough evenly into 4 bowls.
  • Add 3 drops of each food coloring to each bowl and mix well until they are each a vibrant color.
  • Place the remaining granulated sugar into a small, shallow bowl.
  • Roll dough into one inch sized balls with multiple colors. Then roll the balls into the granulated sugar.
  • Place them onto a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes until the top of the cookies begin to crack.
  • Let the cookies sit for 5 minutes on the pan and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store the leftover cookies in an airtight container or ziplock bag at room temperature for up to 5 days.  Keep a slice of bread in the container with the cookies to keep them moist.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 169kcal, Carbohydrates 23g, Protein 2g, Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0.3g, Cholesterol 34mg, Sodium 150mg, Potassium 22mg, Fiber 0.4g, Sugar 13g, Vitamin A 256IU, Calcium 26mg, Iron 1mg

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