Before you’re ticking off the seconds to midnight, there’s the real countdown: counting the minutes you have to prep for your big NYE bash. Fortunately, each of these recipes we’ve pulled together are fabulous, delicious, crowd-wowing, party-worthy hors-d’oeuvres, cocktails and desserts, made in the quickest of quicks. And that resolution to be totally prepared for the party? Crushed it.
No, that’s POPPERS, not poopers, and they’re more like British party crackers than any other local-grown dessert. Entertain the kids (and the kids-at-heart) with these sprinkle-topped treats.
Such an appetizing array of appetizers, with tasty crescent-roll crusts topped with a mix-and-match batch of delicioso. Get cooking, get creative, and get ’er done by the dozen.
Maybe your invitations didn’t make it clear: this party is black tie only. Well, at least the kitty cookies are in proper formalwear, with a super-easy dipped chocolate layer and cute details you add at the last minute.
The bliss of biting into a slice of rich, luscious cheesecake; the sheer joy of getting to do it over and over again at a rockin’ party. C’mon, your guests totally deserve it.
Gorgeous color, fruity flavor, and a surprise kick of ginger both in the drink and in the sugared rim. On the long list of things your guests will raise a glass to this special Eve, toasting your good taste will be a favorite.
Want a sweeter version of the party-hardy classic? This recipe is inspired by the traditional Italian dessert, made simple with instant coffee and cut-up cake bits.
They look like ultra-luxe gourmet mixologist creations—and you don’t need to tell anyone that they’re actually three-ingredient easy. Edible glitter adds the flash your big night deserves; a quick shake and the night is truly sparkling.
Pearls and champagne at your party? Why would there be anything but! Elegantly assembled with nonpareils as the pearls and pink champagne whipped right into the frosting. Ooh-la-la and a ha-cha-cha.
Two of the world’s greatest cocktails ever, blended into one. We love how the jelly shots appeal to the rowdies in the crowd, while the always-classy cosmopolitan angle means folks will hold out their pinkies as they indulge.
No party is complete without the buttery, salty guest of honor: Chex™ Mix a-la-mashup. This version adds spicy chipotle chili powder with rosemary and honey; double up on the batch if you want any to make it into the first hours of 2016.
Ring in the New Year with fresh Mediterranean flavors.
The shrooms that go zoom (sorry, we couldn’t resist). But seriously, these are the bread-and-butter of the appetizer table—deep mushroom flavor topped with nuthin’-but-the-good-stuff stuffin’.
An absolutely ultimate mashup that will take your guests by surprise. Think peanut butter cookies meet muddy buddies then go for a quick skinny-dip in a pool of peanut butter, butter and chocolate. Yeah, it’s that crazy. Yeah, it’s that good.
The minty-fresh first cousin of muddy buddies, these eat-’em-by-the-handful treats are drizzled with three kinds of chocolate. Super simple to make and great for refilling the treat bowls as the New Year approaches.
A tasty deli sandwich-inspired treat, with luscious roast beef flavored with all the things that make it the roast best: Dijon mustard, horseradish, parsley and a few unexpected ingredients that take the taste totally over the top. Anything less than these beauts = so 2015.