I’ve been dying to try one of those over-the-top milkshakes that have been catching my eye on social media for some time now. Also known as freakshakes, some magnificently indulgent ones can be found in Australia, the UK and New York City. It’s certainly on my bucket list to go meet up with one of those glorious creations in person and dig in! In the meantime, I decided to concoct my humble version here at home, in honor of National Unicorn Day. Yup, unicorns have their own day! Whoever invented celebrating national days, I thank you. It gives me a great excuse to indulge in a delicious treat…not that I need an excuse.
There are so many versions of unicorn milkshakes out there and I love every one of them! In fact, anything that’s unicorn related sets my heart aflutter. The current unicorn craze won’t seem to go away and, as you can imagine, that is just fine by me! One of the cutest unicorn things I’ve seen is my adorable cousin Nicole, scooting around in her fluffy unicorn slippers. Unicorn slippers are a must while drinking a Unicorn Rainbow Milkshake!
To make the Unicorn Rainbow Milkshake, you’ll need:
- Unicorn Horn Cookie (Recipe below.)
- Fondant Rainbow Topper (Click here for instructions.)
- 3 ounces (about 1/2 cup) candy melts in the color of your choice
- vegetable shortening, melted (about 1 tablespoon)
- piping bag or squeeze bottle
- tall glass (24 ounce)
- rainbow sprinkles
- 8 ounces vanilla ice cream
- 1/3 cup milk (any kind)
- 6 ounces rainbow sherbet
- cotton candy
- whipped cream
- edible gold star glitter (Click here to find glitter.)
Place candy melts in a microwave safe container. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute at 50% power. Stir. Heat in the microwave for 10 second intervals until melted and smooth. If your melted candy melts are too thick, stir in melted shortening a teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. Transfer the melted candy melts to a disposable piping bag or a squeeze bottle. (Alternately, you can use a plastic zip bag.) Place your glass on a rimmed plate or baking sheet. Snip off the tip of the piping bag and drizzle the melted candy along the rim of the glass. Immediately sprinkle on the rainbow sprinkles, before the melted candy sets.
Combine vanilla ice cream and milk in a blender and blend until smooth. Place 3 scoops of rainbow sherbet into your glass. Pour vanilla milkshake over the sherbet scoops in your glass. Top with cotton candy, whipped cream, a Unicorn Horn Cookie, a Fondant Rainbow Topper and a sprinkle of edible gold star glitter. Put on your unicorn slippers and enjoy your unicorn milkshake!
|Prep Time||15 minutes|
|Cook Time||15 minutes|
|Passive Time||11/2 hours|
cookies (*see note)
- 1 1/3 cups (5.75 ounces) all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspooon fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup (4 ounce stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup (2.25 ounces) powdered sugar
- 1 egg yolk, room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 14 4.5-inch skewers or 6-inch lollipop sticks **optional, depending on use
- 1 can edible gold spray ***I used Wilton Gold Color Mist
- In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the egg yolk and extracts. Beat at medium speed until combined.
- Gradually add the flour mixture, beating at low speed just until combined. Do not over mix.
- Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Form dough into tablespoon size balls. (I used a tablespoon cookie scoop to make them uniform in size.) Form each ball of dough into a log, tapering at one end.
- Twist two logs together to form a horn shape. Repeat with remaining logs. Insert skewers or lollipop sticks, if using. Place about 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets.
- Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Bake until golden brown, about 13-15 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool.
- When cookies have cooled completely, place them on a parchment paper lined work surface. (You can use the same pieces of parchment paper that you baked them on.) If you are using lollipop sticks, you may want to cover the sticks with plastic wrap to keep them clean. Spray with edible gold spray. Let dry. Apply an additional coat of edible gold spray, if desired.
*This recipe makes about 14 unicorn horn cookies, but if you only need a few, you can roll out the remaining dough and use your favorite cookie cutter to make cookies. The baking time will be a bit less. You can also make as many unicorn horns as you need and freeze the remaining dough for later use.
**To make toppers as shown, use wooden skewers. To make cookie pops, use lollipop sticks.
3 thoughts on “Unicorn Rainbow Milkshake”
I tried to do this but epic fail! How do you keep cookie dough from spreading in the oven???
Hello Melanie, I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you. This dough should puff slightly when baked, but not spread. I’ve never had any problems with this recipe spreading in the oven, but I can offer some suggestions for more foolproof results. Chilling your dough is a very important step. If your dough is too warm, it may spread in the oven. This is true for any cookie recipe. Too little flour or too much butter can also cause your cookies to spread. I always weigh my ingredients for the most consistent results. Weights are provided in parentheses in the instructions. Hope this helps!
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