Bejeweled Mascarpone Cookies

I made these cookies three times during the holidays and they were a huge hit. The photo you see was the first attempt: beautiful but painstaking! I had to pipe the icing with a pastry bag and it took ages! I switched to a simpler shape the next two times so that I could spread the icing, and it cut my time in half. Cookie dough modified from a BHG recipe: