For the 2009 holidays, I organized a cookie decorating contest at work. I entered anonymously and placed second (photo of first place below). I was pleasantly surprised when my cookies turned out very similarly to what I designed in my head 🙂 This was my first time working with fondant (link to the fondant recipe) and my second time working with gumpaste (link to the gumpaste and edible glue recipes).
Please note that the close up picture below was taken before the edible glue finished drying.
I baked two large round sugar cookies with a bottomless, adjustable cake pan. I flooded one of them with blue royal icing (link to the sugar cookie and royal icing recipes here) to represent the water and I cut the other one into several jaggedly edged pieces. I covered the individual pieces with white fondant to represent sheets of ice floating on the water. Then I used the gumpaste, edible glue, and icing colours to make a miniature penguin, seal, fish, igloo, and iceberg.
Below is a picture of the melting snowmen cookies that placed first in the contest.