New Year's Eve Cookies

My New Year's Resolution is to find more things to cram into my day. I just don't have enough going on. My children are well behaved and quiet and very, very neat. Our meals basically make themselves and I am the one person on the planet who is apparently immune to Pinterest.  I find myself sitting on my couch staring at the wall, willing a necessary task to present itself so I may become a more useful member of society.  Ha ha ha ha ha.... ah, I'm kidding. I'm only joking around. Just trying to be funny. My resolutions are actually

1. Be funny. (See above.)
2. Move to America.
3. Learn to breakdance better than my 5 year old.
4. Become royalty.
5. Stop wasting all that time thinking about how I'm going to have to do something without actually doing it.

By my calculations, if I can accomplish that last goal, it will add an extra 11 months of useable time to my year. It only took me 2 1/2 days to do the calculations. Sometimes you have to give a little to get a little, right?

I'm pretty much already over budget on time for this post, so let's just cut to the chase. These cookies. You should make some. New Year's Eve cookie sets are fantastic because you can choose any geometric shape, ice them, and call them confetti. I used THIS quatrefoil cutter for the clock, and THIS TRICK from Klickitat Street for the fireworks shape. But my favorite cookie of all is the square ceiling decorations cookie. Mostly because I would love nothing more than to have my entire house covered in those decorations for a super fun giant New Year's Eve party in which the entire neighborhood would be in attendance, and I, of course, would be wearing the prettiest dress of them all and people who didn't even know me would want to be my best friends and everyone would talk about it a totally good way until nearly St. Patrick's Day. Also, there would be cookies.

1. These cookies could not be easier. Especially if you listen to what I say, and don't pay so much attention to what I did. First, flood your cookie. You can outline it first if you want to. It's New Year's Eve. Don't stress about perfect lines. Let it dry overnight.
2. Using thick white icing, and a #1.5 tip, pipe some thin little lines coming from the top of the cookie and stopping randomly wherever you feel like it. You can make them straight if you want. I was going for the "someone just walked by" wavy look.
3. Here is where you need to listen. I piped some dots over the top of those lines. And some of them are wonky. And some of them fell off the line. Don't be like me. Just add dragees and sugar pearls while your strings are still wet.
4. You can't tell, but I painted the silver and gold circles with silver and gold airbrush paint. I also added the year. It will be 2013, in case you didn't know. Don't put 2012, because that would be weird.

My resolutions list still has some empty spots that need filling. Tell me. How would one go about being a better person in the next year? And... what's on YOUR LIST?

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