2 Dimensional Sugar Cookie House

By Melessa

For a long time my family made gingerbread houses, but we never ate the gingerbread.  It was too hard to eat.  It felt like biting down on a jawbreaker.  Not to mention assembling the house is a pain.  So I decided to adjust the house structure by baking softer, tastier walls (that are still strong) and by just making the front of the house.

Step 1)

The best part about this recipe is that even though it is left out uncovered, the cookie is still good.  I know this, because year after year, there is nothing left of it.

This recipe is also my super duper favorite sugar cookie recipe of all time!!  I don’t care for crispy sugar cookies.  I want them soft, soft, soft!  I know some people may poo poo it because it has shortening in it, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!  You can totally use part butter/part shortening instead, or just butter, but it just won’t be as soft.

Oh!  I also love my cookies a 1/4″ thick (or thicker), and my sugar cookie house walls about 3/8″ thick.  So you’ll want to double or triple the recipe below.

Ethel’s Sugar Cookies

3/4 cup of shortening (or part or all butter)

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/2 tsp. vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

Mix shortening, sugar, eggs and flavoring thoroughly.  Sift flour.  Stir flour, baking powder, and slat together first, then blend in well with wet mixture.  Chill at least 1 hour.


Step 2)

Heat oven to 400º.  Roll dough 1/4 thick on lightly floured surface.  Use free template to cut out house shape, or design your own.  For the round base, I used my glass that’s about 3.5″ in diameter.  If you don’t have a glass that size, use the template provided.

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Place on ungreased baking sheet.  Bake about 7 to 8 min.  I don’t like any brown on the bottom of my sugar cookie.  You can tell when the cookie has a more matte finish on the top that it’s done.  If it starts to show a little tan on the bottom of the cookie, pull them out.



After baking, remove cookies from the pan onto a cooling rack.  Cool completely (about 40 minutes).



Step 3)

Here is the best and super easy part!  So goodbye to traditional royal icing, and say hello to hot caramel!  I learned this tip from Martha Stewart.  Click on link for directions.  But you have to move fast, because the caramel drys very quickly.  Best super glue ever!


You can have the door to your house open or closed.  Once your house is up, you can frost and decorate as desired.


Step 4)

Here is the quick icing recipe I used.

Blend 1 1/2 cups shifted confectioners sugar, 1/4 tsp. vanilla, and enough cream (2 to 3 tbsp.) to make a thin icing.  Add food coloring for color.

Grab your favorite candy and decorate your heart out!  You’ll love how simple this is to make and assemble.









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  • janahogan
    November 29, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    I find myself loving this blog for more than just the written content. The photography is outstanding! Once again, you have inspired me with the whimsical and gorgeous photos of the sugar cookie houses. I have to be careful not to expect results like these if I choose to take on the project with my 5 year-old. He’s one talented kid, but no Martha Stewart. Our cookies definitely won’t look like these!

    • Laura and Melessa
      November 29, 2016 at 11:04 pm

      Ha! Jana, your cookies will be even better because of the love and memories that you make with them!

  • Elane
    November 29, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    Humm……may need to try something different this year. Looks lovely.

    • Laura and Melessa
      November 30, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      Go for it, Elane! They’re so much fun!

  • Tiffany @ Arrows & Awe
    November 30, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Such a cute idea! I’ve never thought to make stencils for cookies!

  • Kate
    November 30, 2016 at 8:42 am

    I know what I’m going to do this weekend! I am so not a baker, but I think even I could handle this project… Plus, I love any excuse to buy pretty candies from the bulk section. These seriously are some absolutely gorgeous cookies!

    • Laura and Melessa
      November 30, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks, Kate! The best projects are always the easiest (and sweetest). Have fun! And send us pics of your creations!

  • Denise Hogan
    November 30, 2016 at 9:00 am

    So adorable!! What a clever idea, Melessa. I agree with Jana about the outstanding photography!

    • Laura and Melessa
      November 30, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      Thank you, Denise! That means so much!

  • Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons
    November 30, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I LOVE This! So awesome-my little would love this!

    • Laura and Melessa
      November 30, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      You should totally make it with your little! Have fun!

  • Karla Kritz
    November 30, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Pure Genius! A Christmas tradition shortcut that does not fall short on the results – absolutely darling and just as effective. Let’s have a little family and a dog playing outside too!

    • Laura and Melessa
      November 30, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      Ha! Karla, you’re so sweet, and that image is too adorable! We hope you make it and send us a pic! 😉

  • simplyelliott
    November 30, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    such a clever idea! I’ll def be trying these with my little one this year!

  • Lillian Soza
    December 1, 2016 at 9:58 am

    I love these sugar cookies!!!! Making them into houses is genius!!!

  • aretzlaff
    December 2, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Love this!!! Hope it was a blast to make!

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