Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve Countdown Cookies

I found this great idea on Pinterest. The concept is easy, fill a cookie with sprinkles so when you break it open at midnight, you have a confetti themed dessert. I chose to make sugar cookies but you can make whatever flavor cookie you like. I hope you enjoy this cute cookie that is perfect for a New Year's Eve party.

Recipe yields 10 cookies

3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

3 cups confectioners' sugar
4-5 tbsp milk

Sprinkles for confetti

In a large bowl, combine your butter and sugars. Beat until butter is smooth and airy.

Add your eggs, one at a time and beat in between. Continue to beat until eggs are fully incorporated.

Mix in the vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Mix together with a fork. A little at a time, mix the dry ingredients into the wet, being sure not to over mix.

Form the dough into a ball and wrap in saran wrap. Refrigerate the dough for at least an hour but preferably overnight.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare your working surface with flour and a bit of granulated sugar. Roll out your dough to 1/4" thick. Use a cookie cuter (or the rim of a glass) to cut out circles.

Prepare your baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Place your circles on the sheet. For every two circles, cut a smaller circle out of the center of the third. In other words, each cookie should have two circular discs and one doughnut shaped circle.

Place the cookies into the oven and bake for 6-8 minutes. The second the edges start to brown, remove from the oven.

Allow cookies to cool completely on a wire cooling rack. In the meantime, you can prepare your frosting by mixing together the sugar and milk. If you would like the icing to be thinner, just add a little more milk (I suggest only adding 1/2 tsp at a time.)

Now it is time to assemble your cookies. The bottom layer will be one of the circular discs. Coat the edges with icing and 'glue' together a doughnut shaped cookie.

Fill the hole with a teaspoon of sprinkles. Now add icing around the edges of the doughnut shape and 'glue' on another circular disc.

Now you have a cookie sandwich with a surprise confetti center for your countdown. Decorate the top cookie however you like.

Bring these to your New Year's Eve party and serve just before midnight. Enjoy!

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