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New Year’s Eve Clock Cookies

Count down to the new year with these glammed-up decorated New Year’s Eve clock cookies.

View from the above, wedge cookies arranged in a circle on a flat white tray.

updated post from 2010



Prepare cut-out cookie dough, cut and bake the cookies. If you don’t a have a wedge cookie cutter, don’t worry. Use an 8-inch round object, like a lid from a plastic container, or a plate and cut out a large round cookie. Then cut it up into wedges, transfer wedges onto a baking sheet and bake cookies as usual. Alternatively, you can make your own cookie cutter template.


To decorate New Year’s Eve Clock Cookies you need these royal icing colors and consistencies:

  • Ivory or Light Brown – 20 -second consistency and thicker piping consistency
  • White – 15-second consistency
  • Black – 25-second consistency


Trace the border outline onto cookies using a simple template and an edible marker (steps 1-2). Fill the border with ivory or light brown icing 20-second consistency. Let border crust (steps 3-6).

TIP: Later, you’ll paint border with gold edible paint. For the best coverage use icing tinted with ivory, light brown or mustard colored icing.

Flooding a border with ivory icing.

Fill the cookie with 15-second consistency white (steps 1-6).

Flooding a wedge cookie with white icing.


Fit a piping bag with a PME 1.5 piping tip and fill the bag with a thicker piping consistency of dark ivory, light brown, or golden yellow icing. Pipe a decorative line of repetitive swirls onto the border and let dry overnight (steps 1-6).

Piping swirl border onto icing.


With a dropper, pour a small amount of high-content alcohol like Everclear or Vodka into a small dish or a paint palette cavity. Add edible gold luster dust and mix well with a food-only paintbrush to make gold paint (steps 3-4). Alternatively, you can use pre-mixed edible gold paint (see details in the tools section at the bottom of this post)

Paint palette with gold paint.

Paint dry royal icing with gold paint (steps 1-3).

Hand holding a brush, painting dry icing with gold edible paint.


Even though Roman numerals are thousands of years old, they are still popular to this day. I think they look especially snazzy used on clocks. Of course you can use decimal numbers instead.

First, use a scribe to mark where you want to draw the numbers. To write numbers, I used a black Rainbow Dust Edible Marker. This is a dual marker. First, write with a fine tip and switch to a regular tip to make thicker lines (steps 1-8).

Hand writing roman numerals onto icing with edible marker.


In this optional step, I lightly scratched the surface of the icing to create a piping guide for clock hands (steps 1-3).

Hand holding a scribe, scratching the icing.

With 25-second consistency, black icing pipe large heart shape and shape it with a scribe tool (steps 1-4). Repeat with the minute hand heart (steps 5-8).

Scribe tool shaping black icing into a heart.

Immediately dust black icing with edible silver or white glitter. Dip a dry food-only paintbrush into the dust. Position it above wet icing and gently tap the brush to release edible glitter onto the icing (steps 1-3).

Dusting icing with edible jewel dust.

Pipe a slightly curved line, about ½ inch from the tip of the cookie. Then pipe an hour and minute handles (steps 1-8).

Piping clock hands with black icing.

If you plan on displaying these festive New Year’s Eve Clock cookies at a midnight party, consider placing them on a round plate, in a pizza style. If you do so, it’s nice to have the inner line appear continuous (steps 1-5).

Piping black line with royal icing.

I love how these cookies turned out. What do you think? Will you give them a try? They are pretty simple to make and won’t take too much of your time—ring in the new year with delicious decorated New Year’s Eve clock cookies.

Close up of decorated wedge clock cookies.


  • Get all the tools in my Amazon Shop
  • Wedge Cookie Cutter, you can also use a Candy Corn Cutter
  • Metal Scribe
  • Concentrated Gel Colors (Americolor Brand/Chefmaster): super black, ivory
  • Black Rainbow Dust Edible Marker
  • Roxy & Rich Aztec Gold Luster Dust or Pre-Mixed Gold Edible Paint-Glamorous Gold by Sweet Sticks.
  • Food-only paint brush (I love Wilton 5 Brush Set)
  • Edible Silver Glitter  via Cookie Countess

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Flat plate with light around with cookies displayed in a circle.

This post was originally on December 30th ,2010. On August 31st, I updated this post with new step-by-step photos and written text.

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  1. Love this design! Unfortunately I won’t be able to bake for a couple of weeks, due to a trip, and by the time I come back it will be mid-January, but I will definitely save this design for the next New Year’s Eve!

  2. Soo pretty! I hate it too when cookies spread! Really bugs the hell out of me!

    Ok..i better get going..otherwise seems like i'm stalking you from FB to flickr to blogger..leaving the same comments everywhere..hahahaha..

    Happy New Year to you my friend! 😀

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