Christmas Cookie House

Christmas Cookie House

I make this with colored cookies every Christmas. I don't use cookies cutters, I just make a pattern using clean sheets of white paper, and use that as a pattern. This year, I used store-bought marble chocolates as decoration. The cookie house lasts for 2-3 weeks, so we leave it out as decoration, and break it up and eat it at the end.

Ingredients: 500 ml milk carton sized house

Butter (or margarine)
140 g
Sugar (use beet sugar if possible)
80 g
Vanilla essence
To taste
Cake flour
280 g
Cocoa powder
1 to 2 tablespoons
1/2 to 1 teaspoon
Powdered sugar
100-200 g
Egg white
About 1 teaspoon
Lemon juice
2 to 3 drops
Edible decorations (to taste)
As needed


1. Cut out the house pattern out of thick paper. The design and size is up to you. The pattern on the top left is the chimney, which will be sliced at the folds when baking.
2. Make the dough. Combine butter and sugar in a bowl, and mix well until it turns pale. Add the egg little by little, and add vanilla essence. Add cake flour and fold in with a rubber spatula.
3. Divide the dough into portions for the white, brown, and green approximately in the proportion as the photo. The brown is with cocoa powder and the green is with matcha (I used powdered green tea this time) and knead until the colors are well-incorporated. When they are both evenly mixed, wrap each dough and refrigerate for an hour.
4. Sandwich the dough between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and roll out to 5 mm thick. Take the top sheet of plastic off. Lay the pattern on top and cut out using a small knife. The color of the dough is up to you. Since I like the powdered sugar added to look like snow to stand out, I use brown dough for the ground and roof, the white dough for the walls, and the green dough for the tree and wreath.
5. With the pattern paper still attached (on the bottom) to the dough pieces, bake in a 160 °C oven for 25 minutes. Take off the pattern paper and cool the pieces on a rack.
6. Make the decorative parts such as the fence, tree, wreath, animals and so on. Cut out any leftover dough with regular cookie cutters. The photo shows all the leftover dough this time.) Since the cookies will be covered with sugar, the dough is not that sweet.
7. Add just a little egg white to the powdered sugar, and mix until it's a bit stiffer than toothpaste. Add lemon juice and mix well again. Put the icing in a plastic bag turned inside out (this way, the seams won't get in the way) and cut a small bit off one corner in lieu of using a piping tip. You can color the icing if you like.
8. Draw on the roof or a pattern on the walls with icing, and let dry. When it's dry to the touch, assemble the walls → roof → chimney → base → decorative elements in that order. Each assembly step takes about 15 minutes each for the icing to dry.
9. Done. Put powdered sugar in a tea strainer and shake it to look like snow.
10. This is the side.
11. This is the back garden.

Story Behind this Recipe

About 3 years ago, I saw a small cookie house on sale at a neighborhood French pastry shop for more than 3,000 yen, so I tried making my own.
Since then, my child has been looking forward to making one every year, so this year I decided to make it again although I'm fighting morning sickness (I'm pregnant with my 2nd child) .