Cookies Keeping Shape and Cream Cheese Icing

Hello! I’m just a baker for fun. I have for years been making cookies on sticks for friends' birthdays and showers and other events. Two questions . . . my cookies never keep their shape. I feel like I have tried everything. I use a recipe with powdered sugar instead of granular. Any tips? I was going try a recipe with cornstarch but worried that will change taste?

Also . . . I see everyone uses royal icing. Anyone ever use just cream cheese or buttercream? I use cream cheese and everyone loves it, but they are hard to bag. I was wondering if anyone ever used cream cheese frosting and had a trick on how to bag them without messing them up? 

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