[December 1st] A little Cookie House

Let’s get it starteeeeeeed!

Fräulein Zebra Xmas

Welcome on board – this is where the zebratastic Advent Calendar will take place.

I hope you’re ready?! Okay… let’s open the first door:

 

A snowy little house made of cookies and other sweets!

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There are no signs of snow outside that means we have to move our Winter Wonder Land indoors so we can dream of long walks in the freshly fallen snow and all the shiny ice crystals falling from the sky.

I guess we should hurry up – we have loads to do today!

Cookie House

makes 1 house

  • 250g flour
  • 75g very finely grated hazelnuts
  • 100g sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 125g butter
  • 15 blue hard candies (without fillings)
  • 1 egg white
  • 200g powdered sugar
  • Shredded coconut
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Marshmallows
  • Raffaelo
  • Fondant or marzipan
  • Powdered sugar

Mix flour, hazelnuts, sugar, salt & vanilla sugar. Add egg and butter and knead until a smooth dough forms. Wrap in foil and refigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Unwrap the hard candy and grind it until you have a fine powder. Set aside.

Roll out the dough on a well floured surface, then use this template (Kekshäuschen Schnittmuster) to cut out all the parts. Carefully transfer them to a baking tray lined with waxpaper. Now you can cut out windows depending on how many you want to have. Then put a littlle of the powdered candy into the window holes. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Check after about 5 minutes if you need to add a little more candy to fill some little holes.

Repeat this process until you have all the parts & let all the cookies cool completely.

Beat the egg whites untill they’re stiff, then add the powdered sugar to make the icing. Put the icing in a piping bag and cut off a little tip. Start with the outer walls and let them dry for a couple of minutes after you glued them together. While you’re waiting mix a little icing with a bit of water to thin it. Brush it on the roof parts, sprinkle them with shredded coconut and let it dry.

Once those parts are dry you can glue them on top of the walls. Please notice that you have to be a bit patient here because it takes a while for the icing to set and hold the roof. Then you can assemble the chimney and put it on the roof.

Carefully cut the pretzel sticks in half and put them on the windows as frames. You can also add a little icing beneath the windows as snowbanks. Use scissors to cut the edges of a marshmallow, gently pull it in the shape of a cloud and slightly brown it with a bunsen burner for the kitchen. Put on top of the chimney.

If you still have some patience left you can build fences out of pretzel sticks and use little balls of fondant to make them stand around the house. Or how about building a snowman out of Raffaelos?

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The decoration is all up to you and your fantasy! So get creative!

Once you built the house you can put an electric light in there and it will look like a cozy fire burning in the fireplace.

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How would you decorate your cookie house? Don’t you think it would be fun to make one?

 

Enjoy the recipe & HAPPY BAKING!

xo Kristin

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