Clock Confetti Cookies

Bite into these sugar cookies at midnight and celebrate as edible glitter sprinkles out!


  • Cookie Dough:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Royal Icing:
  • 1/2 pounds confectioner's sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon meringue powder
  • Scant 1/4 cup water
  • Brown food coloring
  • Edible glitter
  • Silver dragees
  • White sprinkles
  • Lemon extract
  • Gold luster dust
  • Black edible marker


  1. Bake the cookies: Mix together the flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until it becomes light and fluffy. Add the milk, egg and vanilla, and mix well. Then slowly add the flour mixture until it is just combined. Shape the dough into a ball, then divide it into two balls. Wrap them in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Lightly dust some flour onto your countertop, and roll the dough out until it is 1/4 inch thick. Using a 3-inch circle-shaped cookie cutter, cut out circle shapes. Each cookie will require 3 cookies. Place these on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use a 2-inch circle cookie cutter to cut the center out of 1/3 of the cookies to create cookie rings. Bake for about 8 minutes at 350F, until lightly golden. Cool the cookies on the cookie sheets.
  2. Make the royal icing: Combine the confectioner's sugar and meringue powder in a large bowl. Add the water and beat for 7 minutes with an electric mixer until when drizzled, the icing stays on the surface for a couple seconds. Dye about 1/3 of the icing brown and transfer both colors to piping bags fitted with small, round piping tips.
  3. To decorate and assemble: Pipe some white icing around the border of a cookie and place a cookie ring on top. Spoon some edible glitter, silver dragees and white sprinkles into the center. Pipe some more white icing around the cookie ring and place a solid round cookie on top. Repeat with the remaining cookies. To decorate the cookies, pipe 2 borders with the brown icing around the cookies and fill them in to create the outer circle of the clocks. Fill in the center with the white icing. Allow these to completely harden, about 1-2 hours. Dip a clean paintbrush into lemon extract then into some luster dust. Brush this onto the brown border of the clocks. Use a black edible marker to draw the details and hands of the clocks. Bite into the cookies at midnight to see the sparkles sprinkle out!