I’m fashionably late to the unicorn party but I’ve finally made it.
Say hello to Unicorn Cookie Bars. Soft, gooey and chewy cookie bars packed full of sprinkles, M&Ms and chocolate chips topped with a funfetti buttercream dyed a few colours just to make these really unicorn like.
These bars are a spin on these Rainbow M&M Blondiestopped with a beautiful, creamy and sweet vanilla buttercream.
*Note: These have been made successfully with gluten free flour.*
I went for a simple vanilla buttercream using only four ingredients. Butter, milk, icing sugar and vanilla essence. The key to a really smooth and creamy buttercream is using room temperature butter. Any harder and you will end up with lumps in your buttercream and any softer the buttercream will be too runny.
I also like to beat my butter until smooth before adding any of the other ingredients to ensure no lumps.
For these bars, you need to then divide the buttercream into two bowls and add a different colour to each. I went with red and blue and then combined the two in places when I spread the buttercream over the bars to create purple.
You may notice my buttercream looks a bit soft and seperated or just not quite right.
Use gel food colouring when adding colours to buttercream. NOT liquid food colouring. I added liquid colouring and buttercream does NOT like liquid. Different brands may work but I’m not risking that again so I would suggest sticking to gel colouring for buttercream and then you will ensure a much nicer looking buttercream to mine!
I hope these brighten your Monday like they brightened mine!
- 1/3CupBrown Sugar
- 2TbspIcing Sugar
- 1TspVanilla Essence
- 1/2TspBaking Soda
- 1/4CupChocolate Chips
- 1 and 1/2CupsIcing Sugar
- 1TspVanilla Essence
- 1-2TbspMilkmore or less as needed
- Red Gel Food Colouring
- Blue Gel Food Colouring
- Preheat the oven to 180°C and line an 8x8 baking pan with baking paper.
- Beat the butter, brown sugar and icing sugar together.
- Beat in the egg and vanilla essence.
- Add in the flour, cornflour, baking soda, sprinkles, M&Ms and chocolate chips and beat together.
- Pour into the prepared pan and bake for around 20 minutes. The top and sides should be golden and the middle will be slightly wobbly for the goo factor.
- Allow the slcie to cool completely before icing with the buttercream.
- For the buttercream;
- Beat the butter until smooth.
- Add in the icing sugar and vanilla essence and beat.
- Add in one tablespoon of milk and beat.
- Add more milk if the buttercream won't come together or is too stiff.
- You want a spreadable but not runny consistency.
- Separate the buttercream into two bowls.
- To one bowl add a touch of red food colouring and to the other add the blue.
- Start with a touch and mix the colouring through and add more until you have the colour you desire.
- Place a dollop of each colour randomly around the slice and then lightly spread in an even layer. The colours may overlap in places turning patches purple.
- Cover with sprinkles and then slice and serve.