1. Dip the flat surface of one side of each cookie into the royal icing. Pull the cookie up and let excess icing drip back into the bowl. Lay dry-side down on a rack.
2. Immediately place a chocolate candy at each star point. Let royal icing dry completely, preferably overnight. When icing is dry, use the food colouring pen to write names on each cookie.
A version of this article appeared in the March 2014 issue of Today's Parent.