So I made my first attempt at outlining/flooding cookies (see pic) and can see definate outlines....I tried outlining, letting set and then flooding, some went over when I tried to get it to the right height....tried outlining and then flooding right away, and even tried a couple with no outline....in YOUR personal opinion, which is best for a newbie? - I've done lots of cakes but this is my first cookie attempt.. One thing I thought was that maybe the outlining RI was a bit too dry? I used Antonia74's RI recipe from here. TIA!
I can't really see your cookies close up, but it looks like you did a really good job for your first time. If you make your piping icing a little thinner, it will still hold in the flood and it will barely show the piping line. There is a really good tutorial in the article section that will really help you out. It is www.cakecentral.com/article54-How-To-Bake--Decorate-Cookies.html. Keep it up and happy baking!