Luck was on my side.
Rich did ALL of the laundy yesterday (meaning - every garment in our house because it was out of control) so I could bake these:
They turned out perfectly! I've never baked anything this complicated. I channeled my inner-Linda, got to work, and just did it.
They are now at my house, covered in a homemade icing, waiting to be devoured by my father-in-law. Who should be at my house any second . . .