Since joining Instagram I have been sucked into the perfect world of the #InstaMum. There seem to be hundreds of stunning fashionable mums with perfect makeup and not 1 millimetre of Ready Brek in their hair. One popular hashtag is #WhatMamaWoreMonday, where these beautiful parents display their designer outfits, usually with heels. I’ll scroll through whilst wearing my grey leggings and faded vest, sitting on bedsheets with stains that could be milk or toddler wee (it’s been a long night so who’s to say), thinking I must be getting something wrong here? They look amazing and I’m literally Worzel Gummidge.
But I’ve realised that these mums do not really exist. They look fab for an Instagram pic but five minutes after they are probably shouting at their 5 year for trying to catch a fart in a jar or wiping the hands of their 2 year old who wanted to find out what gravy feels like. I’ve realised because I’m so guilty of this too. I’ll put a happy smiling photo of the girls up on Facebook and neglect to mention the 4 meltdowns, 3 wet knicker accidents and a projectile vommit incident which resulted in the 3 of us having a shower simultaneously before lunchtime #SoF-ingBlessed.
So in celebration of the mythical perfect mum, we’re scoffing another mythical creature- Unicorns!
This is a basic biscuit recipe and food colours or shape of cutter is completely optional. If you do colour your dough I really recommend a paste or gel colour as you’ll get a far better result. We got the unicorn cutter from Hobbycraft.
300g plain flour
150g caster sugar
2 tsp vanilla essence
Gel or paste food colours of your choice
(We used blue, pink and purple)
Preheat oven to 180° C or Gas mark 4
Line 2 baking trays with baking or greeseproof paper.
Giant bowl at the ready! Mix the butter and sugar together until combined, then stir in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour and mix until you have a fairly stiff dough.
Separate your dough into three balls and gradually add food colouring until you have your desired colour. You’ll have to knead this which is quite therapeutic if you’ve had a morning like mine involving scraping Weetabix out of your Converse. If using paste colours you’ll need very little (think a toothpick dipped in).
Bring your different coloured doughs together and roll out. The kids will love this as it takes very little rolling to get a fab marble effect. My girls thought this was amazing! So much so that they ate large quantities of it and eventually mixed it into a lovely greenish blob…
Roll out to quite thin, 1-2cm, and use your cutter to press out shapes. Again this is toddler-tastic 😊 if it’s a bit sticky add more flour and also use plenty of flour on the worktop and rolling pin.
Pop onto your lined trays and bake for about 10 minutes or golden.
Once cool, decorate however you fancy 😀 we used a basic icing made from 100g icing sugar and about 3/4 tablespoons of water and sprinkles.