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Decorated New Year’s Eve Cookies

Grab a glass of bubbly and toast the New Year with these adorable cookies! Totally make-aheadable, these decorated New Year’s Eve cookies are fun, festive, and sure to be the hit of the party!

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Fun to decorate and delicious to eat, these New Year’s Eve cookies can be decorated a bunch of ways! Grab your sprinkles and edible decorations and get busy making these show-stopping festive holiday cookies!

What you’ll love about this recipe

  • These are fun, easy, and cute cookies and they taste great, too!
  • They’re unique – everyone will be talking about them!
  • These decorated New Year’s Eve cookies are totally make-aheadable!

What You Need To Make Decorated New Year’s Eve Cookies

  • Parchment paper
  • Fork
  • Culinary tongs – so very helpful if you’ve got shaky hands!
  • Oreo cookies – or other sandwich cookies
  • White chocolate – see notes below
  • Coconut oil – if you’re using white chocolate, melting wafers don’t need coconut oil
  • Various sprinkles & edible decorations

White Chocolate – What You Need To Know

Not all white chocolate is the same, and for making these cookies, you don’t need to splurge on the super gourmet white chocolate.

For cookies like this, my favorite “white chocolate” is the white chocolate melting wafers. It’s not really white chocolate at all, but it’s designed to coat and form a hard shell without tempering (bringing the chocolate to a certain temperature so that it forms a shell when cooled.)

You can find these melting wafters at craft stores in the baking section, or even in large supermarkets. They’re also much harder to mess up, unlike temperamental white chocolate which needs to be melted in a double boiler.

For this recipe, you’ll need about 1.5 ounces of white chocolate or candy coating per 8 cookies.

How To Make Decorated New Years Eve Cookies

For a full list of ingredients and instructions, please scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of this page.

  1. Melt the white chocolate wafers as per the instructions. Usually they heat well in the microwave at medium-power in 30 second intervals until melted.
  2. Dip the cookies into the candy coating or white chocolate and set them on parchment paper to dry/harden. A fork works well – balance the cookie on a fork and dip it into the melted coating then let it drip off.
  3. While the candy coating is still wet, apply the decorations. Use larger sprinkles to represent the hours, and smaller sprinkles for the minutes.
  4. Let them dry and enjoy!
decorated new years eve cookies

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Parchment paper is essential – the chocolate/candy coating will stick to nearly everything else making the hardened cookies difficult to remove. Do yourself a favor and use parchment paper (not waxed paper).
  • If your chocolate/candy coating gets thick, heat it up a bit to smooth it out.
  • Use a variety of sandwich cookies – chocolate or vanilla Oreos are my favorties.
  • Get the kids involved – everyone loves decorating cookies!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will decorated cookies keep?

Keep your cookies in an airtight container on the counter or in a cool spot (not the fridge as the chocolate coating can get condensation on it when coming to room temperature) for about a week.

What sprinkles do I use to decorate holiday cookies?

I love using bright, metallic colors for these cookies. And, you can even spread some icing on the top of the cookies to change up the color of the “clock face”.

Are decorated cookies hard to make?

Not at all! Just gather the ingredients, set up your work area, and have fun decorating! The options are limited only by your imagination!

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Decorated New Year’s Eve Cookies

The hit of the party, these fun, festive, and unique cookies are easy to make and are also delicous to eat!
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, christmas cookies, cinnamon roll cookies, decorated cookies, holiday cookies, new year’s eve cookies, new years eve, sprinkles
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 258kcal



  • Melt the white chocolate and coconut oil in a small bowl in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring well in between. Or, use white chocolate melting wafers and follow the instructions to melt them.
  • Dip each Oreo into the white chocolate and let them set on a piece of parchment paper.
  • Decorate the cookies while still damp with the sprinkles, so that they stick. Use the culinary tongs for precision.
  • Let the cookies set and enjoy!


Serving: 3cookies | Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 3mg

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