Flip a traditional gingerbread house design into an upgraded model—a chocolate cookie house! It is great fun for the DIY decorator, as Wilton provides the ideas, techniques and ingredients to create this cookie house upgrade. Decorate this festive cookie house kit at your next girl’s night out or family party.
Make front door. Use white icing to outline and fill in door. Pat smooth. Attach candy to sides of door, for door decoration and doorknob, and as arch above door.
Decorate house front. Use red icing to pipe fleur de lis on sides of front house edges and to pipe dots in arch above door. Roll logs of green fondant ¼ in. dia. x 3 ½ in. long. Pinch ends together to form loops. Attach to house under eaves. Attach candy to house front for shrubs.
Make side and back windows. Use white icing to outline and fill in windows. Pat smooth. Use red icing to outline and fill in curtains. Use white icing to outline windows and pipe icicles underneath window. Attach candy for windowsill and at sides of window.
Outline house. Use icing to pipe lines under eaves of house.
Decorate roof. Use white icing to ice roof and front eaves smooth. Use red icing to pipe scallops on roof. Attach candy in centers of scallops. Use white icing to pipe zigzags on roof peak. Attach candy on roof peak. Use white icing to pipe lines on front of roof.
Decorate base. Use spatula and white icing to ice base. Attach candy for pathway.
Easy-to-complete technique combines using a bag and tip to pipe icing dots and then using the blade of a spatula to pull out one edge. This technique can cover small and large areas with stunning results.
The drop string is traditionally used as decoration on the sides of the cake and is the basis of more ornate string work. Called a "drop" string because the line of piped icing is allowed to "drop" or fall, by itself, before reattaching it to your cake. Pipe a row of single strings or multiple strings in rows of two or three.