We planned on having our cookies ready for distribution at work before Valentine's day. We started on Wednesday night making the cookies.
Turns out, even with our baking party of four people, it took a lot of time and we had to call it quits around 10pm. It became a 2 night event. We began some of the decorations on night 1 but had to finish up on night 2.
The cookies tasted great and looked great. Some people didn't want to eat them for the art of it all but we firmly believe that flavor should not suffer for looks. These cookies were no exception and we are very glad to have co-workers to share them with instead of having a gluttonous marathon of eating over 50 cookies ourselves.
Lesson learned: Allow more time to make the cookies. Elaborate decorations need more than one school night to complete.