These. Took. All. Day.
Seriously - the fun started around 9:15, and nine hours later I iced the very last chocolate mint mitten and laid it out to dry.
Iced cutout cookies take an eternity if you do everything from start to finish in one go. Even with the efficiency measures I took (make one batch of cookie dough, stick it in the fridge, make the next batch and so forth until there were three, then roll them out and bake them in the same order), I didn't even get around to icing them until after 2 p.m. And lemme tell ya - you know you've made a lot of cookies when you don't even want to sample them anymore.
For these cookies, I stuck with the recipe from the other day and made flavor adjustments with each.
Red cinnamon hats and mittens
this icing recipe to turn it red! I kept adding two drops at a time, then four drops at a time...until I reached 70, I was wondering if I'd have to settle for pink Santa hats.
Chocolate mint hats and mittens
One discovery I was glad to make with the orange star cookies is that the icing does eventually dry, as stated in the directions - just give 'em a few hours. So, I made a point of leaving these out until a little after 9:00 p.m., then packed them up and managed to put them away without disfiguring any.
Except for loving the flavor of the almond icing (which I knew I would), I'm going to reserve comments and let my relatives tell me what they think when I give them out this Friday at our extended family Christmas Eve gathering. I still have plenty of ingredients, so hopefully I'll have time and energy to make more (simple) cookies before I hit the road!