Upside Down Cookie House
Recipe by: Palesa, Fifi and Glenda
Flour 240g, sifted
Corn starch 20g
vanilla extract 2.5ml
All spices 10ml
Pinch of lavender
- Sift your flour, corn starch, spices and salt in a large bowl. Give it a whisk.
- In your standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together. Throw in the lavender and mix.
- Add the egg while mixing. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Add vanilla extract.
- Pour in the flour mixture and mix until everything is well incorporated.
- Put the dough in a plastic bag, flatten it together, then chill it in the refrigerator so it firms up.
- Once the dough is chilled, place it on a rolling mat, sprinkle with flour and roll out with a rolling pin. Move the dough around so as to prevent it from sticking.
- Use the templates to cut out your cookies. Take away extra scraps to re-roll for more cookies.
- Place them on a non-stick baking sheet and bake at 180° for 12 minutes
- Let the cookies house panels cool, whilst making the melted sugar glue.
Melted Sugar Glue for Cookie Houses
Sugar 1 Cup
- Pour sugar into a heavy pot.
- Place over medium heat and cook, stirring often, until the sugar melts and liquefies – about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Watch closely to avoid burning, and be very careful handling it because it is extremely hot.
- Use to glue cookie house panels together
1/2 cup pasteurized liquid egg whites (4 large egg whites)
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Food coloring in desired colors
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment, beat the egg whites on high speed until foamy. You can also use a hand mixer.
- Switch to low speed and gradually sift the sugar into the egg whites until it’s completely incorporated.
- Add the lemon juice and beat on high speed until the icing is very thick and forms stiff peaks, about 5 to 10 minutes.
- At this point, you can add the food coloring if you’re only going to need a full batch of one color. If you need more than one color, separate quantities of icing into individual bowls and just stir in the coloring you want.
- Use the royal icing to decorate your cookies.
White chocolate 2 cups
Colouring dust powder
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each time. Once fully melted, using a pastry brush paint the cookies with the melted chocolate and let dry on parchment paper
- Use the chocolate to decorate the cookies.
- Pour a dollop of melted sugar & start by assembling the roof.
- Work methodically and join the side panels of the cookie house.
- Decorate around the upside house with granulated sugar coloured brown to resemble sand. (Pour sugar in a ziploc bag and a drop of brown gel colouring, shake until desired colour)
- Shredded coconuts that are colored green.(Pour desiccated coconut in a ziploc bag and a drop of green gel colouring, shake until desired colour)
- Make pathways with cookies (offcuts)
- Pipe some grasses with the green colored royal icing