I wanted to make a special favor for my end-of-law-school potluck. I was pretty sure that some sort of sugar cookie was the way to go, but had a little trouble coming up with something until I started pawing through the cookie cutters I had lying around. The moment I saw the lips, I was certain of it! I wanted to do kissing law school goodbye cookies for everyone!
I used the Martha Stewart Baking Handbook recipe, because it's my go-to book when I'm focused on presentation. It was the first time I've ever made/used royal icing, and there was definitely plenty of trial and error, and error, and error, as I tried to get the consistency right for flooding (basically piping the icing on, so that it looks like it was spread). I ended up having to make a second batch of the icing in order to ice all of my cookies. Next time I would definitely make them a day ahead, just to make sure to give the icing plenty of time to set. In the end though, I was very happy with the results.