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       Title: Miniature Cookie Houses
  Categories: Holidays, Non-food, Gifts, Christmas
       Yield: 1 servings
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   4 1/2 c  Flour (may need up to 5)
       2 ts Baking powder
     1/2 ts Salt
       1 c  Margarine; room temperature
       2 c  Sugar
       2 ea Eggs
       2 tb Milk
       2 ts Vanilla extract
            Egg wash
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            #5,#7 round and #27 star tip
            Three decorating bags
            Decorating icing
            Colored sugar
            Assorted candies
            Decorating bag with coupler
        Make the cookie dough:  Stir or whisk together 4 1/2 cups of the
   flour, the baking powder and salt; set aside. Cream the butter and
   sugar until light; add the eggs, milk, and vanilla and beat well.
   Gradually add the dry ingredients and blend to form a smooth ball of
   dough. If the dough is sticky, add just enough of the remaining flour
   to eliminate the stickiness. The dough should not be dry. Divide the
   dough in half, wrap each ball in plastic and refrigerate for several
   hours, or until firm enough to roll.
        Meanwhile, cut cardboard templates for the base and the three
   parts of the cookie house.  The dimensions are as follows:  THE BASE:
   is a circle 6 across (cut 1)  THE SIDE: is a rectangle 2 3/8 x 3
   1/2 (cut 2) THE FRONT/BACK: is funny shaped. It’s 3 wide and 4 1/4
   tall (total height). From the bottom to the beginning of the “roof”
   section is 2 3/8“. At 2 3/8 cut up to form the ”roof“ top like an
   upside down ”V“ (cut 2). Finally cut the ROOF: it’s a rectangle 2
   3/4 x 4 1/4”.
        Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a flour-dusted cookie sheet or
   the back of one jelly roll pan, roll out one ball of dough to
   1/8“-1/4 thick. For each house cut one base, two sides, two
   front/back pieces, and two roof pieces.  Lay out the cardboard
   patterns on the dough, leaving 1 1/2 between them. The layout will
   depend on the size of your cookie sheet and how many houses you are
   making.  Use a sharp knife to cut around each template, removing
   excess dough as you cut. Wipe the knife frequently. Repeat the
   rolling and cutting process to make the remaining pieces. If you want
   some small trees in front of your house, make them using a cookie
        Bake both sheets of cookies at the same time, for 10-15 minutes
   reemoving pieces when they are done (preferable to overbake than
   underbake since we need firm cookies). The cookies may brown, but
   this is O.K. Transfer immediately to a wire rack to cool completely.
        Decorate the pieces before assembling the houses.  You can do
   this many ways. Mostly use your imagination. Frost or pipe/apply
   candies to the ”wet“ icing. To ”sugar-coat“ areas, brush on egg-wash
   (being careful not to touch any piping or decorations); then sprinkle
   immediately with colored sugar. Tap gently to shake off excess sugar.
   Set aside to dry for half an hour.
        Next to assemble houses. Use the #7 icing tip . Pipe a thick
   line of icing along edges to be put together and ”glue" the houses
   together and on the base. Make sure to do one area at a time and hold
   until icing sets. Let all set for a few minutes.  When icing is firm,
   do any finishing touches. MAKES THREE COOKIE HOUSES WITH BASES The
   Christmas Kitchen by Lorraine Bodger