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Sugar cookie recipe to make New Year's Eve clock cookies

New Year's sugar cookie clocks recipe

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Can you think of a tastier way to count down to the New Year? Our New Year's sugar cookie clocks are the perfect way!
Course Dessert
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 201
Author Cheryl Najafi



  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

cookie glaze

  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1 Tbsp 2% milk or whole milk, plus additional for thinning if needed

royal icing decoration

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 rounded tbsp meringue powder
  • 3 - 4 Tbsp water warm
  • 1/4 tsp lemon juice or clear vanilla extract, optional
  • food coloring black gel
  • 1 bag piping with #2 tip


  • Cream sugar, butter, vanilla and egg until light and fluffy. Stir in remaining ingredients until dough forms; refrigerate 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Roll dough into 1" balls and place on parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned, let cool completely.
  • Mix powdered sugar, light corn syrup and milk together in small bowl. Add additional milk to thin icing, if necessary.
  • Apply cookie glaze to cookie, let set.
  • Combine powdered sugar and meringue powder in stand mixer bowl, whisk together by hand. Add 6 tbsp water to mixture, add lemon juice or vanilla extract, if desired.
  • Start mixing on the slowest speed with paddle attachment until well mixed. Gradually turn mixer up to medium/medium-high speed, beat until icing is fluffy. Add water (a few drops of at a time) until desired consistency is reached. Mix black food coloring into icing, put in piping bag.
  • Draw numbers and hands on clock (clock should read 11:55). Serve and ring in the new year!


Let's be honest. I just wanted an excuse to eat sugar cookies.


Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 27g