Every year, I have the grandest plans, and the best intentions. I make 3lbs of gingerbread, measure out a few dozen tiny pieces, and set about making the most amazing masterpiece you’ve ever seen.
You don’t remember? That’s because that part never happens. I either forget about it in the freezer, it collapses, a crucial piece breaks in half, or I realize I measured something wrong (last years obstacle).
Sometimes, simple is better.
I’ve made a few versions of these instead, and I have to admit that I have way more fun with this kind of Cookie House! I’ve also begun using sugar cookie dough, since you can flavour it (chocolate roof anyone?), and pre-colour the dough to make the overall presentation better.
If you have an expanse of wall or roof, and you don’t want to load it down with lots of heavy royal icing, you can make a glaze with some watered down royal icing. I use a pastry brush to ‘paint’ it, and according to my 14 year old and her best friend, that is the perfect amount of icing on the cookie.
There will be another tutorial posted shortly, for baking and assembling a cookie house, but here is a template you can download and use for free. All I ask is that if you make one and post it on social media, please use the hashtag #creativelybee so I can see it :D.
A few tips:
- Use a double batch of cookie dough, to achieve the standard size.
- Print the attached PDF at 50% or 25% for a smaller, cuter house!
- Make sure you cut out your doors and windows BEFORE baking. I’m just saying… I forgot about that once.
Here’s your Cookie House template!