First, however, I have to share my recipe for the royal icing I used to decorate them. I always use the Wilton Royal Icing recipe -- it's easy to make and always turns out nicely.
3 tablespoons meringue powder
4 cups icing sugar
6 tablespoons warm water
The directions on the Wilton website say to mix all ingredients at once. I usually mix the meringue powder and water together first in my mixer until sitff peaks form, then I add the icing sugar -- I find it gives a better result. If the icing is too thick (which it often is based on the recipe above), I add 1 teaspoon of water at a time until the consistency I am looking for is achieved. Add food coloring gel if desired. Decorate cookies. Be sure to let the icing dry overnight!
So, here's what I ended up with!
They were tasty.