Prepare cookie recipe. Roll out dough and cut out cookies. Roll tiny ball of dough for nose and position on face. Bake cookies at 375°F for 8-12 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet on cooling grid 2 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
Pipe in clothes, hands and shoes with tip 3 (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch). Pipe tip 2 dot eyes and string mouths. Add tip 3 straight hair and tip 14 rosette curly hair; add tip 2 ribbons. Pipe tip 3 dresses, shirts, pants and shoes (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).
For parties, vary the hair color and colors of clothes to match your guests!
Substitute your favorite roll-out sugar cookie recipe for gingerbread. Decorate as described here.
The rosette has the tight, swirling look of a rose, but is achieved in one continuous rotation, rather than with wrapped layers of petals. Single rosettes are also used as candleholders on top of a cupcake.