If you call kneading fondant, adding color if you want, rolling it out, cutting it, then rolling out and cutting the cookies, baking them then placing the fondant on the cookies, then adding finishing touches in royal icing cheating, then I feel you are selling yourself short. Fondant is a lot of work just by itself, whether it is MMF or BCF. ( I prefer MMF, BCF was too greasy for me.)
I made over 30 dozen 4" , yes dozen, cookies for Valentines day. I had six designs, and 5 of them had a fondant base. My arms were sore from working with the fondant. The cookies got rave reviews from all over town. I felt good about my product.