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Unicorn everything is all the rage right now and these Unicorn Poop Cookies are much more delicious than the name suggests!  Thick, chewy, sweet, chocolaty, and delightfully purple, these cookies will be a hit with both the young and old in your life!

I can’t possibly think of a better way to bring a smile to the face of a teenager.  My teenager, McKenna, is loving the unicorn trend.  We celebrated her 14th birthday a while ago, and everything was unicorn.  We had a unicorn ice cream cake from Dairy Queen, all of her sleepover guests were gifted a unicorn t-shirt and a unicorn mug.  

Presents from her friends, along with those from John.e and me, were mostly unicorn themed.  There was pink, purple, and glitter everywhere!

If you’re the parent of  teenager like me, you’ll no doubt know that sometimes it’s hard to get them to smile.  McKenna is not much like that – she’s a great kid with a fantastic sense of humour.  She’s always making me laugh.  But, even though she’s always cheerful, I still like to surprise her from time to time with a little festive treat.

I’ve been packing these Unicorn Poop Cookies in her lunch bag for school, just so that she is aware of the fact that I’m putting in an effort to let her know that I think of her and love her.  Truth be told, she’s easy to love, because she’s just so awesome!  #notbiased #mykidisgreat

Unlike most cookie recipes you’ll find of this nature, I thought about making my version unique.  The whole notion of unicorns is that they are mystical, pretty, magical, and different.  In addition to the texture being chewy and “puffy,” I wanted the flavour of the cookie to not taste like your basic chocolate chip cookie.  Therefore, I decided to use mint extract in the batter rather than the usual vanilla extract.  

When you bite into one of these delights, you are instantly surprised by the burst of minty flavour – because that’s how unicorn poop would taste, right?  (Don’t answer that!)

When all is said and done, Unicorn Poop Cookies are whimsical and fun.  I had a blast making these cookies, because I love to bake with lots of colour and candies.  Who doesn’t?   By far, one of the most enjoyable recipes to get your little ones involved with.  I can’t think of a single kid who wouldn’t love to get their hands into this cookie batter; can you?

Now, don’t get me wrong, Dear Reader,  Unicorn Poop Cookies are not just for the kids in your life.  Trust me, John.e has eaten his fair share of these as well!

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Unicorn Poop Cookies

Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 24
Author Lord Byron’s Kitchen


  • cup sugar
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons mint extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup candy sprinkles, unicorn inspired colours – pink, blue, purple, yellow, etc.
  • 1 cup mini candy coated chocolate chips, various colours
  • 1/4 teaspoon Wilton purple food colouring
  • 1/4 cup course white sugar
  • 1/4 cup course pink sugar


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silpat liner and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the egg yolks one at a time and beat into the mixture.
  • Next, beat in the mint extract, food colouring, and salt.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. On low speed, allow the wet ingredients to slowly incorporate the dry.
  • Next, stir in the candy sprinkles and mini candy coated chocolate chips.
  • In a small, shallow bowl, mix together the pink and white course sugar. Set aside.
  • Use a small scoop to portion the cookie dough. Roll the tops of the cookie dough mounds into the sugar mixture.
  • Place the cookie dough onto the baking sheet and bake for exactly 12 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.


If you want a deeper purple colour, add a drop or two more of the food colouring. Purple was just a personal choice – you could always go for pink!

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  1. You've certainly put a smile on my face too. When l saw what the cookies are called, l was like "wait, what? Did he say poop?". Good one! I am sure they taste great, anything mint is just fantastic. I wouldn't mind a few of those...
  2. Oh these look so much fun. I bet it would make a fun kids project with my Rhea's next class meet up. I The kids will get so fascinated with the name it self. They look so cool
  3. HAHAHA...sitting here with my Sunday morning coffee...and this is the first page I comment on. My grandkids would go crazy over these for sure. I have been loving all the unicorn recipes...after all who doesn't love unicorns? I sure do....magical, beautiful...and so much fun.
  4. I like your Unicorn poop cookies, first when I look at the title I was thinking what is it. After reading the post I convinced that I too need some of these cookies, these beautiful cookies with sprinkles. My daughter is Unicorn fan, she will love this cookies. Yes daughters are precious for getting a smile from them all effort is worth it
  5. Never have I ever wanted to eat the poop of another creature so badly! Yup, I just said that. These are all kinds of sparkly and fabulous, much like I imagine you when dressed up for a Friday night. Love this idea ;)
    1. Hahaha - my Friday nights usually consist of pajama pants and Netflix. But, I'm glad you imagine me having a fabulous night life!
  6. I just tried to make these for my daughter's birthday tomorrow. I am curious at what I may have done wrong. I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out very runny and sticky. I added roughly double the flour and it was still to runny and sticky to roll. I had to spoon it into lumps and sprinkle the sugar on top and am currently waiting for the first pan to bake. Any ideas or tips???
    1. Hi Ashley, I wish I could offer you some advice, but unless I know exactly what you did, I'd be just guessing. I'm so sorry that these didn't work out for you. I've made this recipe countless times for different occasions and they always turn out well. :(
    2. I just made these and they’re in the oven! If anything, I feel the dough is too dry, so we’ll see. By chance, did you use 3 eggs, instead of 3 egg yolks? I almost used the egg white! Caught myself in time.
        1. Hi Byron! I was actually trying to reply to Ashley, that maybe she used the whole egg, since that's the only way I could think of that it would turn out runny. The dough was dryer than what I'm used to, so I was worried. I did leave them in the oven a little too long, so they are a little crumbly, BUT they were a hit with my daughter! My son didn't appreciate the mint, so next time I'll use 1 tsp. instead of 2. Thank you for the recipe!
  7. Planning to make these this weekend for my son's Minions-Theme birthday party. We're not big fans of mint flavoring. Is there a substitute that you can suggest? Thanks!
    1. Hi Samantha, I don't think they are. These do puff up quite a bit during the baking process, so I'm not sure they would hold a shape very well.
  8. Mine turned out very pink! Still adorable but next time I will double the purple. Also I only used 1/4 c. of the combined pink and white sugars so a lot was left over.
      1. I used Almond Extract! They are delicious. They spread quite a bit and needed just a little longer than 12 minutes. They are amazing!!
  9. These are so amazing! I made 2 double batches to take to my students on the last day of school. I had maybe 3 left at lunchtime. So much for sharing with the other teachers ;). I’m making another 2 batches right now for my family. My kids prefer a rainbow of colours so I split the batter into 3 or four bowls and add the food colouring at the end. Makes a very pretty rainbow on the plate and super delicious too!
    1. Thank you, Lisa. We absolutely love them, but it's been a while since I've made them. My daughter has her friend visiting with us and staying for the week. I can't think of a better time to get those two in the kitchen!
    1. Hi Kathy - it's sometimes called sanding sugar. You can find it any almost any baking bulk store. Sometimes, Walmart carries it too.
  10. You should have seen my 4 year old granddaughter’s face when I told her we were going to make unicorn poop cookies! She even stuck with it until the first batch was in the oven. The entire family loved them! Mine puffed while baking but fell as soon as I took them out of the oven. Any suggestions on preventing that? I like how they look in your photo. Thanks for a great recipe. 😀
  11. Do you have to use the candy coated chocolate chips and the pink and white coarse sugar? If so, are there any substitutes and if not, will I have to change the baking time?
    1. Hi Addison, you do not need to use the candy-coated chips. And the course/sanding sugar can be optional as well. These changes would not warrant a change in the baking time. :)

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