New Year’s Eve!  I have never been one to celebrate New Year’s Eve on a big scale.  Every year we talk about going into the City, watching the countdown and toasting in the New Year with the throngs..and yet we ultimately find ourselves staying home, watching a favorite movie and falling asleep!  We manage to toast in the new year with a glass of bubbly and something yummy to nosh on, but that’s about it.  Since I have one more cookie for my 12 Days of Cookie bucket list, why not a festive cookie to bring in the New Year and to complete the list?  The aha moment, let’s make shortbread.  It goes well with champagne and you can dress them up easily.  I had been eyeing a recipe from Christina Tosi of Momofuku fame so here was my opportunity to try it.   A quick jaunt over to Sur La Table  for cookie cutters in the shape of a champagne flute and a bottle and for sprinkles, I’m good to go.  On the return home I popped in the movie The Holiday (put it in your Netflix queue now, its worth it just for the score by Hans Zimmer and Eli Wallach’s performance) and settled in to bake and bring in the New Year.

DSC02865This is a simple shortbread made with just a four ingredients, butter, flour, brown sugar and salt.  That’s it!  The cookie is the perfect foil for the icing which is made with sparkling wine.  I added a tiny pinch of salt and a dash of vanilla to round out the sweetness of the icing.  The cookie is elevated to a truly festive bite with the Rose’ icing (ok, so do the sprinkles).  The Rose’ gives the icing a hint of pink color and a nice grown-up flavor.  I generally don’t decorate cookies (you might have noticed) but if not on New Year’s Eve, when else?  I  realize my first New Year’s resolution should be to practice decorating cookies before next New Year’s Eve!

Now that I have a beautiful platter of festive cookies the least I could do is share them.  So breaking with our usual tradition of a movie and falling asleep, we are headed to our friends Lisa and Mike’s house, cookies in hand plus the rest of the bottle of bubbly, to ring in the New Year!

Christina Tosi’s Cut-out cookies with Champagne Glaze can be found on Leite’s Culinaria.  Another great site for cooking tips and recipes!

Happy New Year everyone here’s to 2016!

A song to bring in the new year.  Here Comes the Sun as performed by James Taylor and Yo-Yo Ma



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