These ball drop cookies bring a piece of Times Square right into your home.
We've been celebrating New Year's Eve with a ball dropping in Times Square in New York City since 1907. That's a lot of countdowns! The ball has changed significantly over the years; the most recent design is an icosahedral geodesic sphere made with over 2,000 triangle-shaped Waterford™ crystal panels lit by over 32,000 LED lights. It changes colors as it descends 141 feet in 60 seconds. Millions watch from the street and on television for a communal count down to the New Year.
When I was asked to design a cookie to reflect the ball drop, I knew it would be overly challenging to make an actual replica, so I used a simple pattern resembling the ball and used it as a guide to create these very festive-looking New Year's Eve cookies. Each cookie is actually three cookies attached together and filled with candy. They're beautifully decorated to look like the changing colors of the Times Square Ball.
To make these cookies, roll out sugar cookie dough to 3/8-inch thickness. Cut 10 round cookies using a 3 1/4-inch round cutter. These thick cookies will become a ring, which will be filled with candy, so they need to be thick enough to fill with whatever candy you like.
To make the rings, I found it easiest to set my cookie dough rounds on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Then I placed the 3 1/4-inch round cutter around a cookie, and used a 2 3/4-inch round cookie cutter to cut a hole out of the center. I first removed the center dough, then the small cutter, then the large cutter. My cookies stayed perfectly round.
Roll the remaining dough out to 3/16-inch thickness, and cut 20 circles using the 3 1/4-inch cutter, re-rolling as needed. Set cookies on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. You may have a small amount of dough left over to make some cookies to snack on.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes before baking each tray of cookies at 350ºF for 11-13 minutes.
While the cookies are baking and cooling, you can get started with the decorations.
To make the design, re-size a Times Square ball coloring page to 3 1/4 inches to create your template. Print it out and set under a piece of parchment paper.
Heat the white confectionery coating on high in the microwave for 20-second increments, stirring after each, until melted. Pour into a squeeze bottle.
Pipe over the Times Square ball template, following along the lines.
Carefully move the template and repeat to make 10 total. Allow the confectionary candy coating to harden, then brush with silver luster dust.
When your cookies have cooled, frost 10 of them with white frosting. Set one candy Times Square ball on top. Sprinkle edible glitter, decorating sugar, or sprinkles over the top if desired.
Pipe a thin bead of candy coating around the bottom of each cookie ring. Set one ring on the 10 unfrosted cookies. Fill with candy.
Roll out white modeling chocolate. Cut out numbers from 1 to 10. Brush the numbers with gold luster dust.
Attach the numbers to each cookie using a bit of candy coating, then pipe a thin bead of candy coating around the top of each cookie ring and top with a frosted cookie.
Serve your cookies on New Year's Eve.
Everyone can crack them open at midnight to reveal their candy surprise inside!
Beth happily spends her days creating fun food and handmade chocolate and enjoys sharing step-by-step tutorials with her readers on her blog Hungry Happenings. Be sure to check out her profile to see all the other festive foods she's made for Tablespoon.com.