Step 1: You Will Need
assorted food coloring
assorted candy decorations
powdered sugar for snow
chocolate covered sunflower seeds
gumpaste for bird bath and birds
house mold or house templet
small round tip
First I rolled out the cookie dough then I pressed the brick mat into it real good. Then I pressed the house mold into the dough and used a pizza cutter to cut around the dent that i made. Baked the pieces of house for about 15-20 min.
Step 3: Assemble the Cookie House
The next day you can pipe some royal icing and attach the roof. Again I suggest letting it dry overnight.
Step 4: Icicles and Roof
To make the roof shingles , simply pipe a line of royal icing and then carefully arrange and attach the life cereal. Later you will sprinkle some powdered sugar on them to look like it snowed.
TIP: The royal icing dries pretty quick so just do one line at a time.
Step 5: Wreath and Christmas Lights
Meanwhile you can work on your wreath. Draw a circle about the size you want on a piece of paper. Put a small piece of wax paper over it and pipe a circle. Then use the leaf tip and squeeze and let go, squeeze and let go making what kind of looks like leaves. Do that all around the circle until you have a wreath.If you want to put some dragees or some sort of candy, now would be the time. Or you can do what I did and add them after the wreath is dry with a tiny bit of piping gel.
Make 2 or 3 so that you can pick the best one. Or sometimes they break.
I suggest letting the wreath dry overnight because you have to carefully take it off the wax paper.
Step 6: Birdbath and Birds
Wilton sells some cool silicone molds. I have one that has cute birds on it. Here is a link if you want to purchase it or find more about it. I actually got mine at Micheal's craft store (with a coupon of course :) ) To use the mold just push in a small amount of gumpaste or fondant and use a tool or tooth pick to be sure that you have good clean edges.Carefully peel back the mold to reveal a cute little bird.
Dust a tiny bit of powdered sugar in the mold, so that the bird will release a little easier.
When using these molds, once you stuff the amount that you think you need to make one bird...cut it in half. It is really easy to over do the amount that you need, then they don't look right.
Step 7: Attach Wreath and Draw Door
Use any color piping gel or royal icing to outline the door. I used brown piping gel and then attached a little draggee / sugar pearl for the door knob.
Now make a little pathway out of chocolate rocks and crushed sugar cookies. Sprinkle a light layer of powdered sugar on the roof and grass to make it look like it snowed a little and of course make this cookie house even sweeter. ;)