Learning my lesson from the week before, I s-l-o-w-l-y paddled the color into the icing and let it sit for a few hours before piping the shapes to eliminate any surface bubbles. It worked! Progress!! The prayers worked too, I was able to lift the 5's off of the paper smoothly and cleanly with just one break... I had made plenty of them to allow for breakage.
I flooded the cookies with white icing and dropped a #5 onto the surface of each iced cookie while they were still wet, one at a time, and gently pushed the number down for this dimensional effect. these cookies sat, untouched, for another twenty-four hours before being wrapped and stacked for the birthday boy and his class. I believe they were a big hit. They were grandson approved, and that's all that mattered to me. His smile is all the affirmation I need.
Life is Good!