How to Make New Year Cookies For Your Family And Special One’s

As the calendar turns its page to a brand new year, what better way to usher in the joy and warmth of fresh beginnings than with homemade cookies? In this blog post, we’ll embark on a delightful culinary journey and explore a step-by-step guide on how to make New Year cookies that are not only delicious but also a symbol of sweet moments to come.


Before we dive into the baking adventure, let’s gather the ingredients for our New Year cookies. For a classic start, consider a basic sugar cookie recipe:

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). This ensures that it’s ready to embrace the cookie goodness as soon as your dough is prepared.
  2. Combine Dry Ingredients:
    • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and a pinch of salt. This ensures even distribution of leavening agents in the dough.
  3. Cream the Butter and Sugar:
    • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. This step contributes to the cookies’ texture and ensures a perfect blend of flavors.
  4. Add Eggs and Extracts:
    • Beat in the egg, followed by the vanilla extract. For an extra layer of flavor, you can add almond extract as well. Continue mixing until the ingredients are well incorporated.
  5. Gradually Add Dry Ingredients:
    • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing on low speed (or by hand) until the dough comes together. Be careful not to overmix; we want tender, not tough, cookies.
  6. Chill the Dough:
    • Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and chill it in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Chilled dough is easier to handle and results in cookies with a better texture.
  7. Roll and Cut:
    • Once chilled, roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1/4-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes that resonate with the New Year spirit – perhaps stars, moons, or numbers.
  8. Bake to Perfection:
    • Place the cut-out cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden. Keep a close eye to prevent over-baking.
  9. Cool and Decorate:
    • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, unleash your creativity and decorate with icing, sprinkles, or edible glitter.
  10. Share the Joy:
    • The final step is perhaps the sweetest – share your homemade New Year cookies with loved ones. Package them in colorful boxes or bags, and spread the joy of fresh beginnings.

With this simple and delightful recipe, you’re ready to create not just cookies but moments of sweetness to savor as the clock strikes midnight. Happy baking and a joyous New Year filled with love, laughter, and, of course, delicious cookies!

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