My friends John and Pierre throw the best party every year. The rules are simple: bring some champagne, leave the drama at the door and have a good time. If you don’t believe me, just check out this photo:

Now does this look like a good time or what? No, this photo was not photoshopped and yes, we do have a sweet spot for Veuve Cliquot so this party was the best excuse to make the cutest host gift: Veuve Cliquot Champagne Cookies. Here is how to make them:

Champagne Cookies
 

makes 12 cookies
Ingredients
  • for the cookies:
  • 12 tbsp butter (1½ sticks)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2½ cups flour
  • for royal icing:
  • 1 2lb bag of confectioner sugar
  • ⅓ cup meringue powder
  • ¾ cup water

Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together on high speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg and any flavorings and mix on medium speed to incorporate. Add the flour and mix on low speed until the dough comes together.
  2. Cut your cookies and bake them at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes.
  3. To make royal icing, place all 3 ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Mix on low for a minute to combine the ingredients then crank up to high speed for 7 minutes. Divide the icing into 4 colors: orange, black, gold and green.

 

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

Add one egg and mix until combined.

Scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.

 Add the flour.

Mix on low speed until the dough comes together.

 

Place one piece of plastic wrap on the counter. Form your dough into a ball and place it in the center of your plastic wrap. Cover with another piece of plastic wrap.

Roll out your dough to 1/4 or 1/8″ depending on the size of your cutters and how thick you like your cookies. The thinner the cookie, the crispier it will be.

Place the dough on a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Cut out your shapes and place them on a baking sheet:

Bake at 350°F for 12 minutes. While the cookies are baking, make royal icing in 4 colors: the classic Veuve Cliquot orange, black, green and gold.

Now here is the trick to decorating these cookies: we will sketch our template on the cookie using food coloring pens. This will give us an easy-to-follow frame to pipe our royal icing. This makes it a ton easier to create cookies with the right proportions.

Here is what cookies look like with the sketched outlines and how it helps guide where to pipe royal icing:

 Continue with black icing for the bottle and orange icing for the neck sticker:

With the black icing still wet, pipe some green icing and drag it up to look like a light reflection:

Let the icing set completely before adding the last details.

Using a black food coloring pen and using an inspiration shot, draw the label pattern and add details to the foil bottle top:

Happy New Year!!!