New Years Eve Countdown Cookies

filed under: Cakes · Cookies on December 28, 2009
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  • These New Years Eve Countdown Cookies are the PERFECT way to bring in the new year!
    So simple, so fun!

    I was recently asked to be a part of a live news broadcast for Fox. They wanted some amazing Christmas and New Years inspired desserts. So I made Rainbow Cake and my newest original idea… Countdown Cookies!!


    Sidenote… look how little Audrey is… today she is eight! 🙂

    Cookie Tree!
    This is the Cookie Tree. I made about two dozen star cookies and added names of kids I know. I was really hoping they would show it more on TV so that you all could say “Hey! Look! That’s MY baby’s name on a cookie!”

    Countdown Cookies!

    Countdown Cookies!
    Countdown Cookies!


    These are sugar cookies covered in my special royal icing tinted black. The numbers are written in white royal icing and covered in gold paint and gold sparkles.

    Here is my famous sugar cookie recipe!

    Sugar Cookie Recipe
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    8 mins
    Total Time
    23 mins

    These New Years Eve Countdown Cookies are the PERFECT way to bring in the new year!

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: sugar cookie recipe
    Servings: 2 dozen
    Author: Amanda Rettke
    • ¾ cups Butter
    • 1 c White Sugar
    • 2 whole Eggs
    • 1 -½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
    • 2 -½ cups All-purpose Flour
    • ¼ teaspoons Cream Of Tartar
    • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
    • ½ teaspoons Salt
    1. In a large mixing bowl, combine room temperature (not melted) butter and sugar until smooth.
    2. Add eggs and vanilla and combine.
    3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking powder, and salt. This is an important step; you want to avoid lumps in your dough.

    4. Slowly add dry ingredients into wet batter until fully incorporated.
    5. Drop dough onto a large piece of saran wrap, mold it into a 4×4 square, and refrigerate for at least one hour. I often let mine sit overnight.

    6. When ready to bake the cookies, generously flour a flat surface and roll out the dough. You can use as much flour as you need! I prefer to make cookies about 1/4? to 1/2? thick, but you can go thicker and still have successful results.

    7. For best results, bake on silpat or parchment paper. You can reuse parchment, too!
    8. Bake at 325-350 degrees for 5 to 8 minutes. In my oven, right about 6 minutes yields a perfectly cooked cookie, with no brown edges.

    Countdown Cookies!

    I also used my favorite glaze icing recipe.

    Sugar Cookie Frosting Recipe
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Total Time
    15 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Sugar Cookie Frosting Recipe
    Servings: 2 dozen
    Author: Amanda Rettke
    • 1 c powder sugar
    • 1 tbsp. milk
    • 1 tbsp. light corn syrup
    • 1 -3 drops lemon juice optional
    1. Sift powder sugar to remove lumps.
    2. Add all ingredients to bowl and mix until combined.
    3. Add more milk as needed to achieve desired consistency.

    You will also need black food color and gold sprinkles to replicate this design.


    Countdown Cookies!

    So the whole theory behind the 10-1 cookies is based on the New Years Eve countdown. You know how ten seconds before midnight everyone starts counting? 10…9…8… yeah, you get the idea.

    Well, these are silver dollar size cookies that can be given as a gift to guests at a New Years Party! Something fun to nibble on throughout the night, or just a fun keepsake!

    Countdown Cookies!

    These can be personalized for every New Year!


    And these super sparkly black cookies were almost too pretty to eat.




    The Happy 2010 petit fours.

    This is the New Years Eve Rainbow Cake. Sorry. Forgot to take a picture of the inside…

    Hope you like my original Countdown Cookies!!

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  • Cate O'Malley says:

    Can’t wait to see the segment – everything looks so awesome – congrats!

  • cookienurse says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful creations and for making it on TV! You and your work look fabulous!!

  • BNDQ8 says:

    all those look lovely… i didnt get to watch ur show 🙁
    but will try some of ur ideas for this new year 🙂

  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    Oh my gosh….how did I miss this!!! That is fabulous! You and your cookies are gorgeous!!!
    Is that disco dust? Do you apply it like luster dust?

  • Amanda! This is so cool. I didn’t know you were going to be on TV. I cannot wait to see it!
    And now, I am soooo going to propose a fun idea to you. Something I’ve been thinking about. And now that you’re a TV star, you CANNOT say No. teehee!

  • Kristin Smith says:

    Love the “countdown cookies” those are adorable! You are so creative!!
    Congrats again! 🙂

  • BJ_Mama says:

    I totally know someone FAMOUS NOW!!! Can you send me your autograph?

  • zarpandit says:

    OMG! congrats!!! you are amazing!

  • Liz says:

    How totally cool! You look beautiful and those cookies are amazing as usual! What fun! I can’t wait to watch it!

  • Mary says:

    You look beautiful Amanda and your family too! Those cookies look so darn good 🙂 I cannot wait to see the actual segment!!!! Happy New Year.

  • Amy says:

    I am so excited to see the segment, can’t wait! Your cookies and cakes were fabulous, but you already know that. 🙂 I am loving the New Years cake too…want to make it, but I really don’t need to eat an entire cake myself, and that’s what would happen. Sigh. Maybe next year. 🙂

  • cod liver oil says:

    I was looking for new ideas since two and half hour for tonight. It should be a great fun. Thank you so much for sharing me an innovative creation of cookies. That’s really brilliant idea. I will surely try them and let you know later.

  • denise says:

    amanda you are SO SO talented and should be making oodles of money doing this (baking, describing your creations, blogging, you name it)…how exciting for you! i love the new years count down cookies and of course have always loved the rainbow cake…can’t wait to watch the segment when you get the link up!

  • grace says:

    what fun! countdown cookies = brilliant, your cakes are both beautiful, and your family is just a lovely collection of human beings!
    happy new year to you, amanda–i’m so glad i discovered your blog! 🙂

  • shelly (cookies and cups) says:

    awesome! congrats ~ those cookies are great…the 2009 IS too pretty to eat!

  • Susan says:

    wow! your creations are so wonderful! i’m very glad i clicked on your comment on amy atlas’ blog. i’ll be checking back more often here in the new year 🙂

  • Memoria says:

    I love the cookies! Congrats on the TV segment!! That’s awesome!

  • Darla says:

    Wow! Wow! Wow!!! You are famous!
    Congrats, that is awesome!

  • Lollipop Events & Designs says:

    LOVE the countdown cookies!

  • Lollipop Events & Designs says:

    LOVE the countdown cookies!

  • the urban baker says:

    you are one big ball of talent!

  • Verônica says:

    Que maravilha!!!! Parabéns pelo lindo trabalho!!

  • Misty says:

    Hi Amanda,
    Your petty fours look really nice. You said your family isn’t into fondant, when I made my petty fours for my sister instead of using fondant I used my butter cream icing – take your icing and color it whatever color you want, then heat it to smooth consistancy so you can pour it over the the tops and sides. Let sit until it has set up so you can then decorate the way you want them. They can be any flavor as you already know, I tried several different flavors and they were a big hit at the party. Let’s say there were none leftover. Your work is great, try this and your family will love them. Have fun and have a great day. Nice photography, you have a nice family.

  • Hotly Spiced says:

    Congratulations on being on TV. Everything here is just gorgeous. I love the idea of children being able to find their own cookie on the tree and countdown cookies are so special to take to a NYE party. Everything you bake is so neat, tidy and perfect looking.

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