I've always been sort of incompetent with iced cookies, but I decided I really ought to learn how to deal with the darn things. They took way longer than I expected -- I don't know if I was just slow because I didn't know what I was doing, but if it really takes four hours to make a single batch of cookies, then I'm amazed anyone makes cookies ever. And I only figured out my icing was way too thick when I was already halfway through making the cookies. And I had no patience for trying to use a piping bag at all, which rather limited things.
But when you start with absolutely adorable IKEA cookie cutters, and have enthusiastic help from a four-year-old big sister, the end result is reasonably cute. I hope Anand enjoys his woodland-themed birthday party, and the accompanying cookies. Next year, they'll be neater, I swear. (Possibly because I will have bought them at the store. :-)