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.
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.
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!