Dare to Make It: Holiday

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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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Then, frost the rest of the board with the extra icing, creating a snowy landscape. You may need a smaller spatula to spread icing between the houses. Spread the icing right up to the base of each house, but keep it about 1 inch away from the edges of the board.

(By the way, I'm leaving a section of my board uncovered to make a little ice-skating pond for my village.)

  Pipe icing around the base of each house.


After icing the board, pipe some icing along the base of each house. This will neaten up its appearance and serve to firmly anchor it to the base once the icing hardens.

  Add some graham cracker doors!


Cut some smaller pieces of graham cracker to serve as doors. Pipe a little icing on the back and gently press each one in place, as shown.

  Pipe icing along all edges of each roof.


Then, pipe icing along all edges of the roof. If you're talented with a pastry bag, you can create lovely icing decorations with this step. If you're not a pastry-bag whiz, just do what I do...

  Gently push candy into the icing.


...Stick candy decorations into the icing! Decorate all the houses as you like, adding any embellishments. (I'm using mini M&M's, cinnamon imperials, and starlight mints here, but any hard candy will do.

When you're done decorating, let the village sit undisturbed overnight before you attempt to move it.

If you live in a very dry climate, you may be able to store your village (wrapped in plastic bags) and display it again next year. In a humid climate, this usually isn't possible-the moisture in the air will melt the candy over time. But it'll look wonderful throughout the winter season!

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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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