Every year when December rolls around, I start fantasizing about all the wonderful, crafty, clever, cute, and memorable things I will do for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Then, inevitably, I end up disappointed and tired after a night without sleep because I scrambled to fit in as many things as I could in a last ditch effort to create an event worthy of Pinterest.
I wish I could say 2013 was different but it wasn’t. I made some Christmas cookies, I forgot to take pictures of, I was wrapping Christmas presents at 3:00 a.m. on Christmas Day, and my New Year’s Eve plans weren’t finalized until pretty much the day before New Year’s Eve.
I know this is sounding really negative but I promise there’s a happy ending. The Christmas cookies I didn’t finish in time turned into an activity my nieces will remember for (ever?) years to come and my last minute New Year’s Eve plans turned out to be pretty relaxing. I even managed to make these cookies.
Why the masks? I’m not sure why exactly but whenever I imagine the perfect New Year’s Eve, it involves ball gowns and some kind of masquerade with glitter, confetti and maybe even swing dancing.
The one thing I managed to pull off before ringing in the new year was to set a color scheme, for the cookies, balloons, and crafty photo props I made with my nieces.
The cookies are pretty basic. You can use any size circle and star cutters you like. The mask is from coppergifts.com. To make space for the year on the top of the mask, I used the cutouts for the eyes and just smooshed them up against the mask as shown below and then baked as usual.
I flooded the stars and circles with Americolor gold and white. Then I used brown flood icing for the mask so that the gold luster dust would show up well. I added details with medium consistency black icing and used black sanding sugar to bedazzle them a bit.
I’m really happy with how they turned out. As soon as I said they were up for grabs, the whole platter disappeared.
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Finally, what is New Year’s Eve without some resolutions? Here are my baking resolutions for 2014:
- Sketch, sketch, sketch!: I know that drawing my cookie and cake designs first helps tremendously and yet I don’t always do it. I need to do it more
- Plan ahead: Of course I already plan but I need to be better about preparing things that can be made well in advance to save time in the home stretch. For example, sugar flowers can be made far in advance but I always find that I’m scrambling to get them done.
- Understand that I am only one person: I need to stop taking on more projects than I can handle comfortably.
Let’s hope I keep these resolutions. What are some of your baking resolutions? Share them in the comments below and most importantly, have a healthy, happy, and safe new year!