We did save a few cookies that we would ice after they cooked but knowing how well they would have turned out with the painting, we probably would have painted them all before we cooked them. The cookies wouldn't have taken so long but because they were stand up cookies, we had to cut out Santa and then we had to cut out his feet. Hours later, we had all the dough baked and all we had to do was ice, assemble, and serve to the boys.
By the end, we were starting to go crazy. The Christmas music blaring on the computer and all our hard work was breaking. We tried to ice together Santa's legs or the sleigh, but no such luck. The cookies ended up looking so good...we made a little scene of our hardwork. It was pretty painful passing out the Christmas cookies to the boys and seeing them eat the cookies in 3 bites...the cookies that took us all day to cook...in 3 bites! I'm not upset or anything, but it would have been nice if they would have savored the flavor a little longer and chewed the full 32 times before swallowing. Oh well--I'm guessing that means they were delicious! I had a great time baking Christmas cookies...so many great memories were created!