My mom and I made these cookies together. It was our first time experimenting with royal icing. The icing hardens as it drys and doesn't come off. I helped cut the cookies with the cookie cutter and then helped decorate the cookies by piping on the icing. Then we sprinkled on these cute little x's and o's. We were going to make some other cookies shaped like little footballs for the Super Bowl, but while we were being silly, they were burning up in the oven. We didn't even need to add the brown icing because they were brown when they came out.