There are 2 types of cookies here. Sugar cookie with minimal icing in the form of a lifesaver with rope around, and brown sugar cookie with sailboat and anchor royal icing designs.
You may refer to the recipes in the links provided for each type of cookie recipe. The royal icing for the ropes has a stiff consistency so follow the icing recipe from my iced gems post. It's my first time piping a rope so I had to watch a video tutorial on how it is done.
Just to share some pictures of the process...
Making sugar cookiepops lifesavers
Cut out cookie dough using a donut cookie cutter. Dough is 4mm thick.
Two donuts are cut out for each lifesaver, with the ice-cream stick sandwiched in between.
Cut strips of dough flavoured and coloured with strawberry paste and stick them on.
The red strips are about 1cm wide and 3mm thick. I used enough strawberry paste to colour a bit of dough to the desired shade of red so I didn't measure precisely.
Icing ropes in progress
Dry the iced cookies in oven with fan on at 60°C for half an hour.
Cool the cookies completely before packing or storing in airtight container.
Making brown sugar cookiepops
Cut-out dough with round scalloped cutters
Sandwich ice-cream sticks between two 4mm thick cookie cut-outs.
Rest the cookies overnight before icing.
I iced the cookies differently from my usual style of tracing with edible marker and homemade template.
First, I outlined and flooded the background. Please excuse the practice rope piping on cookie made from leftover dough :p
These were dried in the oven with the fan on for about an hour to an hour and a half but heat switched on for a few seconds. I stored these in airtight container, stacked with pieces of baking sheet in between for a few days before I added on the designs. Waiting overnight will do. I was busy.
Outline of subject scratched onto icing base using a needle and homemade plastic template.
Filing in details with icing.
I used a thicker consistency than my usual flooding icing to prevent the icing from running out of the desired boundaries. I used a toothpick to nudge the icing along to fill in corners and small spaces.
I dried the cookies in oven with fan on but heat turned on for a few seconds for about an hour.
All packed for party!
Thank God that these were well received along with Susanne's nautical cake and the ombre blue iced gems!