I remember my first hand iced cookies that I made during Christmas 2007. I iced them till late in the morning. You can call me crazy, but I just love the feeling once you were done icing them. Joy!
To decorate sugar cookies, you can use several medium - edible printing sugar paper, rolled fondant, and hand iced meringue powder. My favorite is using the edible printing sugar paper. It can be "painful" but it a shortcut.
Once you baked your sugar cookies, let them cool, iced them with royal icing, topped with the edible sugar paper right away, and border them with sugar rim - royal icing.
Here is a few that I made at the shop:
Here a few example with hand iced technique:
Thanks for looking and have a great week!