How to Make Decorated Sugar Cookies for New Year's Eve

NYE cookie decorating tutorial

What I want to know -- is how did eating popcorn while watching a movie become a "thing"? Don't get me wrong. The eating part I get. I mean, I love eating food. And I know it's totally taboo to admit, but sometimes eating is like the anti-toxin to all the loud children "bonding" that goes on at my house during the dark hours of winter. I'll save my dinner until after my kids go to bed and
I'll eat it in an empty room with the lights off and pretend that I'm all alone on a deserted island where nobody is pulling anyone else's hair or using someone else's favorite pencil to draw something "scary" in a third child's notebook of dreams that have now been irreversibly crushed beyond recognition like PME tips at an elephant soirée.

So really, eating is a PERFECT fit for a movie. It's already dark and I'm already pretending I'm somewhere else.

My question is -- Why POPCORN? Why couldn't it be french fries? Ooooh! Or freshly melted *real* cheese on crisp tortilla chips with tomatoes and olives on top? Or pizza? Or ICE CREAM for that matter?! How did popcorn get the job in the first place? Was there an agricultural conspiracy that placed popcorn in every movie theater in America until the entire population was lulled into some kind of brainwashed sleep where popcorn became the only possible hero of Movie Snack City and all other peacefully co-existing snacks were banished to the frozen tundra of Movie Theater Land because they simply just refused to fight back?

Because, let me tell you -- I'VE GOT YOUR BACK SNACKS OF PEACE AND HAPPINESS. I will NOT forget you! I will not let the world shuffle you off into the corner of "party food" and "buffet snacks." I will eat your delicious calorie dense goodness until the world stands up and takes notice once again. I'm not saying it's going to be easy. And it might take years and years...but I won't let you down. I will not let you go quietly into the night!!!

NYE cookie decorating tutorial -- how to decorate New Year's Eve cookies

You know, unlike my New Year's Eve. I'm totally guilty of setting the clocks ahead and celebrating the new year at 10pm and then sending my blissfully unaware children off to bed before they fall asleep on their party blowers and I have to carry them down the stairs while covering their ears so the fireworks don't wake them up again.

Eating in the dark....going to bed at 10pm on New Year's Eve. I think it's pretty clear that I'm not what you would call a "party animal." But that doesn't mean that I don't like making fun party cookies!! Want to make some with me?

New Year's Eve party decorated sugar cookies -- tutorial

1. Place a large circle cutter on the edge of a plaque cookie. Trace it with a food color marker.
2. Pipe over the top of the line with a medium consistency gray icing and a #3 tip. You can your frame wide or skinny. It's up to you.
3. Spray with a silver airbrush spray.
4. Outline and fill the top outer edge with a medium consistency white icing. While still wet, add dots of colored icing all over the place. Don't be rational about this. Just go crazy. Outline and fill the center of the clock with the same white icing. Let it all dry for at least 4 hours. Overnight is good too.
5. Place a clock stencil on top of your cookie and spray with black airbrush color. You could also use a food color marker or thick black icing to pipe the clock details.
6. Pipe hands on the clock with thick orange icing and a #1.5 tip. Again, you could add this details with a food color marker. Pipe confetti strings with thick colored icing and a #1.5 tip.

See it in action here. 

See how I made the BALLOON COOKIES HERE.

Need more inspiration? Check out my favorite NYE COOKIES HERE.


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