Rainbow Poop

Posted by Tara Dunsmore in birthday party ideas, Blog, craft ideas on Tue, Jun 5, 2012

Yup, you read that tile correctly. We discovered Rainbow Poop and it was so much fun I just had share it with all of you. We found this idea on The Mary Sue and the original recipe comes from instructables. Follow along on our Pinterest Board for step-by-step visual instructions, also courtesy of instructables.

The Ingredients:

Sugar Cookie Dough

  • 3/4 cup shortening (part butter)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon flavoring or 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt


  • Disco Dust, Rainbow*
  • Wilton’s Sparkle Gel, white
  • Rainbow Dragees**
  • Star Sprinkles
  • Food Coloring, Standard + Neon
  • Cheap Paint Brush
*Disco Dust does not appear to be intended for human consumption – Tots2Tweens recommends skipping this step.
**I’m not going to lie, I have no clue what Rainbow Dragees are. When I googled it I discovered they aren’t safe to eat so I used these Pearl Sugar Sprinkles I found at Party City instead.

Make the Dough

  1. Mix shortening, sugar, eggs and flavoring in large bowl.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Stir flour mixture into Large Bowl.
  4. Once you’ve made the dough – before chilling – do your separations and use food coloring to get the colors that you desire.  We suggest Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple.  (Traditional unicorn stuff.)
  5. Put the colored dough into sandwich baggies and let them chill for at least an hour.

Roll your snakes

Just like the clay and play doh, you need to roll snakes. But sugar cookies are MUCH more sensitive. Be very careful, this will take patience and dedication.

Start with one color, make lots of lines, then add the next color and just kept pressing them together from there.

Make sure to use a floured surface and use that to help you roll, too. Once the cookies sit on the cookie sheet, (next step), the flour absorbs into the cookies and they don’t have a white powder all over them.

Getting Dirty Now…

Now that you have your thick poop rainbow, it needs to be shaped as such. This part happens swiftly and you don’t have much room for error because the dough is so fragile.

Take your poop snake and gently flop it onto the ungreased cookie sheet. Once you have it there, just start winding. Decide how your unicorn rolls and let the poops form themselves. Be gentle though, they will break and mess up your spirals. If you need to make any repairs, just use your fingertip and lightly sweep it back into the portion where it broke off. That re-connects the exterior so you don’t get poopy cracks.

Pinch your tips and then you’re done!


The recipe calls for 6-8 minutes. You may want to add a minute or 2 because these are thicker.

Add the bumpy stuff!

This is where I substituted my pearl sugar sprinkles. Push them into the cookies as soon as they come out of the oven.  You want to lightly break the surface of the cookie and make sure that your balls are settled nicely inside.  Then you can let the cookies chill and harden loosely around pearls. Make sure that they are pushed in, more than half way, because they may roll out later.

Glitter Gel!

Now that they’ve had time to cool off, it’s time to add the sheen!

This thin coat of Wilton’s Glitter Gel will be sure to keep your poops looking fresh.

Just squeeze it out all over the cookie in spirals and then start brushing it out in a smooth coat all over the cookie.  You need to hold it in your fingers so that you can turn and brush as needed.

Make sure to manipulate the gel into the holes and cracks so that it has a better finish. This stuff is great! It doesn’t dry HARD, but it stiffens up pretty well after it’s had time to dry, and it’s in a thin layer.  Just don’t stack them.  :)


The original recipe calls for picking out individual stars and pressing them on complementary colors…I’m not that dedicated so I just placed mine randomly. Press them lightly to make sure that they gel layer holds them into place.

Disco Dust!

This is the step I skipped. As you can see in the picture, the container of Disco Dust  says on it that it is for decorative art & crafts. It does say non-toxic but that doesn’t equal edible in my book.

If you would like to attempt this step or try to find a substitute, here are the instructions: You’re supposed to put a sheet of parchment paper over the top of the container, punch holes out with a pin or something, rubber band it in place and use it as a shaker -OR- take a TINY pinch in your fingers and lightly and tightly sprinkled it over the tops of the cookies.

Play with your poop!!!

Leave them in the yard, send them with your kids to school, or just eat them like my 3 year-old and I did :) Enjoy!

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About Tara Dunsmore

Tara is a single mom from Frederick, Maryland just trying to keep up with her crazy life. When she's not at the park with her Boo Boo you can find her either at her day job right here at Tots2Tweens or at her second job as a Jamberry Independent Consultant. Tara spends her days at Tots2Tweens searching for fun family activities and interesting content to share with our readers. Events, recipes, parenting articles and resources…if you live in MD/DC/VA/PA Tots2Tweens is the place to find it. She spends a lot of time on Pinterest and Facebook sharing her finds with our followers. Tara also volunteers her time as the Administrative Coordinator for the charitable photographer's network, Shoots for a Cure.You can read more about Tara's crazy life on her blog i heart my crazy life or follow her on twitter: @heartmycrzylife.

One Response to “Rainbow Poop”

  1. Rae

    Way to go on the clear description of disco dust!

    So glad to see someone find an edible solution, rather than reach for the plastic craft glitter.

    The Wilton sparkle gel is great. Other options would be cake sparkles or sanding sugar. There are even tutorials for making edible glitter from unflavored gelatin.

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