TIP: Roll out your dough onto parchment paper and cut out your cookies arranged how you would bake them. Remove the dough around the cut cookies. Slide the paper and your cut cookie shapes onto a backing sheet.
TIP: Use gel food dye. Dip the tip of the toothpick in dye and drag it on the wet royal icing or use a drop of gel on the royal iced cookie and drag through the colored gel drops to make cool swirls.