Recipe: Nikki’s Unicorn Shortbread

Nikki's Unicorn Shortbread

Nikki's Unicorn Shortbread

I baked these magical little biscuits for a friend visiting last week. They’re super easy to make and quick enough to pop in the oven an hour before your pals knock the door.

I made the dough the night before- which took me about 15 minutes- and then popped it in the fridge ready to freshly bake in the morning. The most time consuming element of this recipe is adding the colour and mixing them into a marble- but that’s also the most fun part- so I can’t complain!

Nikki's Unicorn Shortbread


4oz (105g) Stork margarine

6oz (175g) plain flour

2 oz (55g) caster sugar


Sieve the dry ingredients and add them to a bowl with the Stork. Rub then knead the mixture together until you have a smooth dough.

Divide your dough into three equal chunks and work in your food colouring to each piece until the colour is consistent thoughout. I used Wilton colour pastes in Teal, Lemon Yellow & Rose. These colourings are really strong and they don’t get lighter with baking. They’re great!

Marbling your dough

Once you have your three coloured doughs, roll each one into a long tube shape.

-Twist all three together (so it looks like a flump marshmallow) and then roll your flump shape together into a long tube shape again.

-fold your multicoloured tube of dough in half, twist again and roll smooth.

Repeat this a max of 2 more times max until you have a cylinder of dough and reshape it so its around 4cm in diameter.

The first 3 minutes of this video demonstrates the technique pretty well!

Wrap in cling film and pop in the fridge until the morning. (This can also be frozen and keeps for up to 4 weeks!)


Preheat your oven to around 180°c. Using a sharp knife, cut your shortbread cylinder into 1.5cm thick disks and place on a lined baking tray. They will spread so space them well.

Bake for around 12-15 mins.

Allow to cool slightly before carefully removing from the tray and rolling the edges in caster sugar. I mixed some edible glitter in with the mix for some extra unicorn sparkle!

Serve with tea in the biggest mugs you have & try not to eat them all at once.

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