How to Make a Cookie House Village

comments (8) December 15th, 2012     

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Sister_Diane Diane Gilleland, contributor
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You can build this village to fit your mantel, a sideboard, or a shelf—it can take on any configuration that works in your space.
Kids as young as 7 or 8 should find it easy to assemble the houses and lots of fun to decorate them.
If you dont want to assemble a whole village, you can make individual houses for decorating or gift-giving.
You can build this village to fit your mantel, a sideboard, or a shelf—it can take on any configuration that works in your space.

You can build this village to fit your mantel, a sideboard, or a shelf—it can take on any configuration that works in your space.

Photo: Diane Gilleland
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Press the other peaked cracker into place to complete the structure. If you need to make adjustments to the crackers, you can do that now while the icing is still wet. When you're happy with it, let the house rest for about 30 minutes while the icing cures.

  Pipe icing all along the top of the house.


After this rest, the icing will be slightly firm and it'll be safe to add a roof to your house. You'll need two full crackers for this. Pipe icing all along the top of the house.

  Place the roof on the house, pressing it into the icing.


Then, pipe some icing along the edge of one of the roof pieces. Press the two halves of the roof gently into place on top of the house. Make sure the roof is in contact with the icing.

Let the house rest for another hour. Wrap the tip of the pastry bag in a moistened washcloth so it doesn't dry out.

  Cover a sheet of cardboard with foil. Arrange the houses on top.


While you're waiting for the icing to set, make a base for your village. Cut a large sheet of sturdy cardboard-I'm using the top of a shipping box. Your cardboard can be any size and shape that fits your décor. Cover the cardboard completely with aluminum foil; this is very important because if you pipe icing directly on the cardboard, the moisture in the icing will quickly disintegrate it.

Then, arrange your houses on the board as you like.

  Affix the houses to the base with icing.

Affix each house to the board with a bit of icing.

  Frost the board with more icing.

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Comments (8)

Criativa writes: so...so...cute. Lov it!

Posted: 8:24 am on December 29th
EchoLin writes: I'm not good at cook, but i'm a good taster, i remember every good things i have ate before. I can image that how i miss the taste when i eat food like this one .
Posted: 3:05 am on March 7th
DreamyDahlia writes: I tackled the real thing...a gingerbread house...this year. These look cuter, easier and very festive! I think a cookie house village is in my 2013 Christmas future.
Posted: 8:50 pm on January 16th
Nodan writes: It is delicious and beautiful! When I see your blog, I swallowed my saliva.Huh.
Posted: 3:02 am on January 16th
candycandycandy writes: At my house, we make gingerbread houses annually with the kids. Lately though, since the Christmas season has become so busy, we started making Halloween houses instead. These are adorable; we use ghost peeps, gummi spiders, and all sorts of black and orange candy. For anyone who's interested, we usually get our candy from this site which saves us quite a bit of money.

http://www.candyfavorites.com
Posted: 11:04 am on May 17th
TeacherTeacher writes: Perfect timing for this post. We may graham cracker houses each year, this gives me some new ideas for our creations. I had never thought of adding a door like that. One of our favorites is using unwrapped tootsie rolls stacked up by the side of the house to look like a wood pile. With a bit of icing dripping down, these look like snowy logs.
Posted: 1:05 pm on December 23rd
ErinBried writes: These little houses are adorable. I'm overwhelmed thinking of a creating a ginberbread house, but using this method I could make a entire village (that my nephews would dismantle waayy too quickly). Thanks much for these beautiful instructions. Merry Christmas!
Posted: 9:17 pm on December 22nd
Average_Jane_Crafter writes: This is *awesome* Diane! I've seen versions of gingerbread villages (many thanks to you!) from elaborate set ups to simple graham cracker ones. I love these, though, because it's kind of in the middle. Still simple, but in an elaborate enough way that makes it special. And the picture of the icing peaks is like art! :)
Posted: 11:45 pm on December 6th
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