Are you looking for a way to celebrate New Year with your family? These New Year’s Eve Cookies are perfect for decorating on your own. These cookies are moist and a very tasty way to ring in the New Year!
These cookies are created using cream cheese, almond and vanilla extract, flour, and a few other basic ingredients. It’s amazing how with just a few ingredients, you can create something so simple and decadent.
Why You’ll Love These Cookies
Easy to Make – with just a few ingredients, you can have these delicious cookies in no time at all.
Perfect for parties – people of all ages will love these cute cookies – and you can get creative with colors.
A New Year’s Tradition – Every year, create a new cookie design for the New Year! These are the best cookies to help celebrate and ring in the New Year with your family.
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- unsalted butter, room temperature
- cream cheese, room temperature
- egg, room temperature
- almond extract
- vanilla extract
- all-purpose flour
- baking powder
- white frosting
- gold and silver sprinkles
See the recipe card below for quantities.
How to Make New Years Eve Cookies
Beat the butter and cream cheese at medium speed until mixed and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Add the egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract. Beat again until smooth and creamy, about 5 additional minutes.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, about ½ cup at a time, just until mixed.
Shape the dough into a rectangle and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prepare two or three large rimmed, baking sheets with parchment paper.
Roll out the cookie dough to ½ inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters and transfer to the baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or just until the edges are set and the cookies are puffed.
Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheets. Decorate as desired.
Melt the frosting in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time. Until it is easy to spread. This should take only about 30 to 45 seconds.
Spread the frosting on the cream cheese sugar cookies.
While the frosting is still wet, apply the sprinkles.
Allow the frosting to harden before transferring to an airtight container.
If you need to change some things up, then these substitutions might work best for you!
- Almond extract – you can use maple syrup or honey onstead of almond and vanilla extract.
- Gluten free flour – use gluten free flour instead of regular flour.
- Cream cheese – if you cannot use regular cream cheese in this recipe, feel free to use Daiya Cream Cheeze.
A cookie can be changed up to match any allergy need in a matter of seconds. Check out these substitutions and see if they work for your family.
You can change a few things about this recipe if you’d like. Here are a few variation ideas.
- Leave the frosting off – these cookies taste amazing without extra frosting! If you’d to keep things simple then leave the frosting off.
- Change up the decor – these cookies are a great base for any holiday, just change up the cookie decor.
- Kid friendly – let the kids decorate their own cookies! When the family is waiting for the ball to drop, the kids can decorate these cookies.
Give these Hershey Kiss Sugar Cookies a try! They are simple to make and can also be a fun activity to do with the family while you’re waiting for the ball to drop.
- mixing bowls
- plastic wrap
- cookie sheets
- parchment paper
- circular cookie cutter
Store the New Years Eve cookies in an airtight container. You can place the cookies on the counter for storage.
These cookies are fine for freezing. Just make sure you wait to decorate them until you want to serve them.
- For these cookies, make sure you measure everything correctly. If you measure right, you’ll have the most perfectly moist cookies ever!
- If you are not using parchment paper to bake these cookies, you can use cooking spray on your cookie sheets or a silicone baking mat.
- Make sure that you chill this dough for at least one hour, but you can store it in the fridge for as long as 12 hours.
- To get the best results from your cookie dough, it’s extremely important that you make sure that your ingredients are at room temperature. If you add cold ingredients to your dough, the dough will not mix properly and it will be hard to work with. You can do this by taking out your butter and cream cheese when you take them out of the fridge for at least 30 minutes before baking.
Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.
If you don’t want to decorate these cookies, then dust lightly with powdered sugar. It will give them a nice sweet taste!
I prefer to eat these cookies right when they come out of the oven. However, they still have a light and fresh taste when they are unthawed and consumed.
While the frosting is still wet, apply desired sprinkles, candies, and decorations.
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New Years Eve Cookies Recipe
New Years Eve Cookies
- mixing bowls
- plastic wrap
- cookie sheets
- Parchment Paper
- circular cookie cutter
- 1 ½ cup sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- 1 egg room temperature
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 ½ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 16 ounces white frosting
- Gold and Sliver Sprinkles
- Beat the butter and cream cheese at medium speed until mixed and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Add the egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract. Beat again until smooth and creamy, about 5 additional minutes.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, about ½ cup at a time, just until mixed.
- Shape the dough into a rectangle and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
- When ready to bake, preheat the oven 375 degrees. Prepare two or three large rimmed, baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Roll out the cookie dough to ½ inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters and transfer to the baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or just until the edges are set and the cookies are puffed.
- Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheets. Decorate as desired.
- To make easy royal icing from store bought:
- Open a can of frosting and remove the foil label completely.
- Place in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds. Stir well. Repeat in 15 second increments if needed. You want the frosting to be spreadable but not runny for these cookies.
- Allow the icing to cool slightly before frosting the cookies.
- Spread the frosting onto the cookies with the knife.
- While the frosting is still wet, apply desired sprinkles, candies, and decorations.
- Allow icing to completely dry before storing in an airtight container.