My conclusion: decorating cookies should be left for someone who can draw. This is me drawing a circle and writing letters with a pen - not pretty.
Why would I be able to do this with icing from a piping bag????
Let me at least say that the recipe I used from Sugarbelle made delicious cookies and icing but you do probably need a little talent to decorate. I guess that is why some people can charge $4 per cookie.
Sugarbelle has a great recipe for the cookies along with some great helpful hints.
For the royal icing, I also used her recipe, the one for the small amount and still had double what I would need. I would cut it in half.
I put almond flavoring in both the cookies and icing and they were delicious.