Here is my latest try with royal icing. Still have a steep learning curve ahead, but at least it's better and I had fun! They must've tasted great because out of 40 cookies sent, only 2 came back home!
They look great! Don’t get discouraged. I still have time when royal icing misbehaves. I’ve noticed seasoned decorators like Julia rarely have trouble. I think the royal icing wouldn’t dare. It’s like the more confident you are, the less trouble you have.
I'm certain that whoever was the recipient really thought they were gorgeous. I've been working with royal icing for a number of years and the humidity where I live constantly "attacks" my royal icing, no matter what I do. I really like your cookies.