I made sugar cookies this weekend with some of my new cookie cutters. They were a lot of fun to make. I used Alton Brown's recipe for sugar cookies and royal icing. I think I overbeat the icing. I was trying to achieve the "stiff, glossy peaks" (never really got there) instead of going for the 5-7 minutes. I think Jenn did the latter when we used the same recipes at Christmas. So, mine was stiffer, and harder to work with (in my opinion). The other issue was that I had some crappy plastic bags for piping bags. If I had used slightly more expensive plastic bags, it would have worked out better. Next time: less beating, better bagging.
So, I'm just going to have to practice. [Shrug.] Oh well. As all my testers and cookie disposal helpers pointed out, "practice makes perfect."