I made them last year and you may refer to this post to take a peek. I chose to use brown sugar cookies for all designs instead of regular sugar cookies for the lifesavers as they seriously taste much better. I am not kidding when I mention that people request for brown sugar cookies again because they love it so much and remember to hide some for themselves before offering at parties because they taste and smell so heavenly! They may look less pretty as cookie base than paler coloured regular sugar cookies but I wouldn't trade taste for looks if I had the choice. Even as I bake and ice the cookies, I am rewarded by the wonderful aroma of the cookies :).
You may refer to this post for the recipe for brown sugar cookies and royal icing, and this post on how to make templates. I use homemade templates to do away with the need for a big collection of cookie cutters. Saves space and money although it means more effort in design and preparation.
Here are some pictures of the process...
Assembling the cookie dough and ice-cream sticks
Freshly baked cookies!
It took me about one and a half days of pretty relaxed icing work to complete this batch of 20 cookiepops. You may find it helpful to use edible marker to outline the features before icing even though the design is relatively simple and cookie experts out there may do without this step. I found it helpful to draw the outline first.
Day 2! All done!
As usual, some time has to be spent packing them individually for the party. Remember to dry the cookies thoroughly before storing in airtight condition. They can keep at cool room temperature for a month. These were served with nautical themed cupcakes decorated with macarons for the first time. Both cookies and cupcakes were very well received! Thank God!