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Steampunk New Year’s Eve Cookies

Written by Mike Tamplin Dec 28, 2012


I‘ve always thought it might be difficult to make cookies for a holiday like New Year’s Eve. Original cookies, I mean. It’s hard to stray away from the typical images of champagne glasses, clocks at midnight, party hats… you know, the usual.

It wasn’t until I recently watched the end scene to Back to the Future III on TV when the idea hit me… Steampunk. If you’ve never heard of Steampunk I’m sure you have at least seen it. Basically, it’s a sci-fi genre of what 19-century society would look like if it had advanced technological inventions. Just think H.G. Wells or Jules Verne (or the steam train time machine in Back to the Future III).

I thought Steampunk would work perfectly for the theme of New Year’s Eve because it’s a genre that pays homage to the past, yet fantasizes about the future. Plus, it’s geeky and that’s right up my alley.

Here’s the set of cookies I came up with:

I incorporated typical Steampunk elements, like steam gauges and metal gears, in combination with New Year’s Eve staples, like a clock before midnight and the new year’s date. I also wanted to show off their party fashion sense with Victorian / Wild West party dresses and hats with techie goggles.

steampunk new years eve cookies

However, my favorite part of this set is the New Year’s Eve countdown cookies. I liked the analogy of a NYE countdown with the regard of Time flying by. So I made countdown cookies out of old pocket watches flying with various kinds of Steampunk themed flight machines.

steampunk countdown cookies

This set was a lot of fun to do and I can’t wait to share them at a New Year’s Eve party on Monday night. As an added bonus, it was nice to get early practice on writing out “2013” instead of “2012”. (I usually don’t nail that down until the beginning of February.)

I hope everyone celebrates safely on New Year’s Eve and I wish you all the best in 2013!

steampunk new years eve cookies

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27 replies on “Steampunk New Year’s Eve Cookies

  1. I love your details! I remember watching the old “Wild Wild West” with my mom growing up and these remind me so much of that show. Awesome job!

    1. Thanks, Stephanie! I remember getting the Wild Wild West toys in the kid’s meal at Burger King when I was elementary school. It was a fun movie. :) Happy New Year!

  2. Fabulously creative, imaginative and wonderful collection of cookies. Super original idea for a New Year’s cookie and beautifully executed. Happy New Year! All the best to you and continued success with Semi Sweet Designs throughout 2013.

    1. Thanks so much, Paula! All the best to you too! in 2013!!

  3. I am a (66 yr) Drama teacher in Fruitport , MI . We will be doing the play “The Secret Life of Sherlock Holmes” in May 2013. I make cookies for sale during intermission to help fund our program. Your Steampunk cookies are just perfect for this. I ‘m not creative, can’t draw a tree, but if someone else has, I can usually copy it. Could you send me a photo of your designs to my E-mail address ? I would greatly appreciate it. Love your creativity…to bad you can’t bottle it and sell it to others.

    1. Hey there, Penny! Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of these cookies other than the ones I posted on this blog. You have my permission to use whatever photo you’d like from this post. If you click on the photo, it should bring you to a larger-sized version of that photo. Good luck with the play!

  4. Meant to tell you this LONG ago….ADORE THESE!

    1. Thanks, Callye!! Compliments from you can make any cookier’s day!! I’m glad you’re back from illness and I can’t wait to see what you’ll post next.

  5. So how the heck did I not see these the first time around! I absolutely love them.LOVE!

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