I made these cookies earlier this week for Valentine's gifts. Everyone thought I must have spent hours decorating, but honestly, they were a cinch to make.
All I did was make this butter cookie recipe and this royal icing recipe. I piped an outline in white using a Wilton #2 tip and flooded the center. Let them dry overnight. The next day, I colored my icing and with a Wilton #2 tip piped various swirls and dots. Basically just doodles on the icing. Let them dry for a few hours and you have pretty little sugar cookies without too much headache.
For the gold background on these cookies, I used Wilton's Gold Color Mist I had gotten some for Christmas and was anxious to try it. I piped and flooded the cookie in white like usual and then once they were dry, sprayed them with the Color Mist. I then let that dry for a couple of hours before decorating. Be sure that you put down some parchment paper when you are spraying, because this stuff acts just like spray paint and gets a fine mist of gold everywhere! It cleans up nicely though.