The truth is, the reason I'm most proud of my Coast Guard insignia cookies is because I finished them before throwing the entire batch against the wall, out the kitchen window, or into the fireplace ashes that still need to be swept out from last winter.
These were Tedious --- and yes, I meant to capitalize the T. I've never been so happy to finish a cookie project.
So ... I hope my babies arrive safely to Alaska. And I hope the newly-retired Coastie for whom the cookies were made enjoys his celebration, as well as his new life as a civilian -- starting with noshing on cookies (without having to worry about making weight at his next physical).