Originally Posted by CTCookie:
Famous Amos and Mrs. Fields began as single proprietors without decorated cookies on their menus, and look at how far they came!
But I'm curious as to why your state's cottage laws don't allow iced cookies?
Ditto on the above question? If you use pasteurized whites or meringue powder, the risk of salmonella is virtually eliminated, and royal icing-decorated cookies are not perishable. Typically, most states only disallow "potentially hazardous foods", and anything with a high sugar content (or high acid content) and low water content is usually considered "non-potentially hazardous", especially if it's not perishable. Royal icing-decorated cookies would seem to fit in this camp. Buttercream, maybe not.
But every state is different - just didn't know any to be so extreme as to rule out decorated cookies.