RECIPE TITLE "Miniature
Cookie Houses" Author: Recipes.it
4 1/2 c Flour (may need up to 5) 2 ts Baking powder 1/2 ts Salt 1 c Margarine;
room temperature 2 c Sugar 2 ea Eggs 2 tb Milk 2 ts Vanilla extract Egg
Three decorating bags Decorating icing Colored sugar Assorted candies Decorating
bag with coupler.
- Make the cookie dough:
Stir or whisk together 4 1/2 cups of the flour, the baking powder and
salt; set aside. Cream the butter and sugar until light; add the eggs,
milk, and vanilla and beat well.
- Gradually add the
dry ingredients and blend to form a smooth ball of dough. If the dough
is sticky, add just enough of the remaining flour to eliminate the stickiness.
The dough should not be dry. Divide the dough in half, wrap each ball
in plastic and refrigerate for several hours, or until firm enough to
- Meanwhile, cut cardboard
templates for the base and the three parts of the cookie house. The dimensions
are as follows:
- THE BASE: is a circle
6" across (cut 1) THE SIDE: is a rectangle 2 3/8" x 3 1/2" (cut 2) THE
FRONT/BACK: is funny shaped. It's 3" wide and 4 1/4" tall (total height).
From the bottom to the beginning of the "roof" section is 2 3/8". At 2
3/8" cut up to form the "roof" top like an upside down "V" (cut 2).
- Finally cut the ROOF:
it's a rectangle 2 3/4" x 4 1/4". Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- On a flour-dusted
cookie sheet or the back of one jelly roll pan, roll out one ball of dough
to 1/8"-1/4" thick. For each house cut one base, two sides, two front/back
pieces, and two roof pieces. Lay out the cardboard patterns on the dough,
leaving 1 1/2" between them. The layout will depend on the size of your
cookie sheet and how many houses you are making. Use a sharp knife to
cut around each template, removing excess dough as you cut.
- Wipe the knife frequently.
Repeat the rolling and cutting process to make the remaining pieces. If
you want some small trees in front of your house, make them using a cookie
cutter. Bake both sheets of cookies at the same time, for 10-15 minutes
reemoving pieces when they are done (preferable to overbake than underbake
since we need firm cookies).
- The cookies may brown,
but this is O.K. Transfer immediately to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Decorate the pieces
before assembling the houses. You can do this many ways. Mostly use your
imagination. Frost or pipe/apply candies to the "wet" icing. To "sugar-coat"
areas, brush on egg-wash (being careful not to touch any piping or decorations);
then sprinkle immediately with colored sugar.
- Tap gently to shake
off excess sugar. Set aside to dry for half an hour. Next to assemble
houses. Use the #7 icing tip . Pipe a thick line of icing along edges
to be put together and "glue" the houses together and on the base. Make
sure to do one area at a time and hold until icing sets. Let all set for
a few minutes. When icing is firm, do any finishing touches.