Valentine Dessert: Sugar House

January 30, 2014 by Jenny Melrose

I know everyone has seen a Christmas Gingerbread House, but how about a Valentine’s Day house? Children of all ages are fascinated with these simple structures and they can be decorated in an afternoon, if you’re not counting baking time.  They make the perfect Valentine Dessert that your children are sure to remember.

Valentine Dessert: Sugar House

Valentine's Day Sugar House from That's My Home.com

To start off making the sugar house, you’ll need to make your cookie dough. I do not refrigerate it.  I roll the dough out on the back of cookie sheets sprayed with baking spray. Next, you’ll cut your pattern out of parchment paper. After cutting out my pieces I put the cookie sheets in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes. This helps to keep the dough from spreading, which will make your house easier to put together. Sugar cookie dough really likes to spread so you absolutely need to do this. If you are making a more complicated house than the one shown here, after baking I would lay my pattern on top of the baked pieces and trim them back to the pattern size so the edges are straight.

Valentine's Day Sugar House from That's My Home.com

I couldn’t believe my luck when I was in Home Good’s one day and they had this wonderful gingerbread cookie cutter set. This is the fifth one I have made since I bought them. It makes cutting out the houses quick and easy. You can see here how I roll my dough out on the cookie sheet.  You can buy the same one from Amazon right HERE {affiliate link}.

After baking the house pieces, remove the pieces and place on a wire rack to cool. Let the pieces air dry at least a day before decorating. I prefer three days when I have the time. Then it is time to mix up your icing to glue it all together.

Wait, you did go out and buy a bunch of Valentine’s candy didn’t you? Some of my favorites are candy corn, jelly hearts and conversation hearts. I looked all over for the large conversation hearts and couldn’t find them, they would make a great roof decoration. I basically buy anything that is pink, red or white and then figure out where I am going from there. I also bake some heart shaped cookies for a fence or smaller hearts to shingle the roof. The only thing stopping you is your imagination.

When assembling the house, depending on how you are going to do your roof ridge, you might want to do what I do. I don’t butt my two pieces up together tightly to form a peak. I leave a little valley so I can have a flat surface there to put my candy on. This makes it easier to support the candy if it is too heavy.

Valentine's Day Sugar House from That's My Home.com

At the last minute I decided I wanted some valentine heart flowers and since I still had green frosting in my decorator bag, I got out a piece of parchment paper and some linguine… Yep, linguine. The flower stems were so thin, I worried they would break from the weight when they had to support themselves. It was a good call because the only one I did without the piece of linguine, broke. So break up a few pieces of linguine about 2 inches or less. Cover them with the green royal icing on the parchment, make a few leaves and then stick your heart candies on. Make sure to let it dry.  It takes about 4 hours so make them ahead with the bushes and trees if you can. They add a great touch of whimsy I think.

Valentine's Day Sugar House from That's My Home.com

 

 

Valentine Dessert: Sugar House
 
Ingredients
  • Sugar Cookies
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 6 cups flour – (may need another 1/2 cup)
  • Royal Icing
  • 3 level tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar (approx. 1 lb.)
  • 6 tablespoons water
Instructions
  1. For the Sugar Cookies:
  2. Cream shortening and sugar together.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients one at a time in order of appearance on the list, mixing each thoroughly.
  4. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness on the back of a greased cookie sheet.
  5. Cut into desired shapes. Refrigerate on the cookie sheets for at least 10 minutes.
  6. Bake on a greased cookie sheet 10 to 12 minutes in a 350ºF oven.
  7. This recipe was modified from this one to adapt to making a Sugar Cookie House http://thatsmyhome.com/hannahs/cutout-cookies/ This recipe makes enough dough to make a large gingerbread house. Use the extra dough to make some rolled out cookies that the kids can decorate.
  8. For the Royal Icing:
  9. Beat all ingredients at low speed for 7-10 minutes (10-12 minutes at high speed for portable mixer) until icing forms peaks. Keep icing covered with a damp cloth when not in use.
  10. Yields 3 cups of icing.
  11. Note: Royal icing should have good body and be moderately stiff: It will not create a lasting bond if too runny and soft. For snow, I sometimes add a few drops of Karo Syrup to thin it just a little for a softer look.
 

 

Valentine Dessert Sugar House from That's My Home.com

 If you’re looking for something a bit faster, but just as gorgeous be sure to check out my Raspberry Cupcakes.  They make the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert.

Valentine Dessert Sugar Cookie House Tutorial

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Mary Ellen is the writer and creator of That’s My HomeRecipes, Food and Cooking, and Razzle, Dazzle Recipes. Mary Ellen loves to cook and bake and learned to cook watching her grandmother, mom and aunts in her grandmother’s busy kitchen. It was a magical place where it seemed as if the pot never emptied and there was always room at the table for one more.  It seems only natural that she would love to cook and bake so much.  She worked in her uncle’s restaurant all through school and continued on a culinary path for about 15 years including being a pastry chef at a big hotel.  She even owned a bakery for a short time.

 

    Comments

  • Peggy lydem


    That is gorgeous for sure a great project. Super Sweet!!

  • Kristen (Mommy in SPORTS)


    This is so darn cute! I never would have thought to make a house for any time but Christmas. I bet my girls would love decorating this.

  • wendy


    what a brilliant idea!

  • Connie Hanks


    Adorable! My girls will love this!

  • Monica


    This is so cute and such a good idea because we didn’t have time for gingerbread houses around Christmas! Thanks for sharing, I’m pinning the idea for if I have time later!

  • Brynne@TheGatheredHome


    Oh my – this is sooo adorable! Why shouldn’t Valentine’s day have adorable cookie houses too? 😉 I want one for every holiday now!

  • Jenna


    So adorable!! I have been wanting to make a holiday house since Halloween, and haven’t gotten around to it yet, your Valentine house just couldn’t be cuter!

  • Louise


    What a great idea! I have made houses at Christmas for years and recently started doing Halloween ones. Valentines is a perfect time! Not as busy then!
    Would you happen to know the company that made your house cut-outs? I have been looking ofr those forever but never found any. I have made some out of cardboard that are OK, but I would love the real thing.
    Thanks
    Louise

  • Akaleistar


    What a fun idea!

  • Agos


    Aww this house is so cute and full of love! I want to steal one of those heart gummies…

  • T'onna


    This looks deliciously cute! I’ve never seen pink candy corn! Now I want some! Awesome!

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  • Annie


    SO cute and fun! Love the heart trees. Never thought of this, what a great idea!

  • Mommy on Demand


    What a great idea for Valentines house, I hate only having to make them once a year! Making one this weekend! Would love to invite you over to my link party that has just begun http://mommyondemand.com/weekend-retreat-link-party-53/

  • Krissy of B-Inspired Mama


    This would be so totally fun to do with the kids! Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  • Diane


    Your Valentine’s Day Sugar House is SO cute!!! It would be such a blessing if you would share over at Family Fun Friday Link Party on my blog. I know this would be an idea that families would really enjoy! Blessings!

  • Kayla


    Wow this is just… wow. I love this so much! The glittery trim really pulls it together, and the flowers? A wonderful addition! When I first saw it I thought ‘new person to follow’, So there you go!

  • Heather {Woods of Bell Trees}


    This is dang cute! I like it better than Christmas gingerbread houses!

  • Rina@Itheecook


    This is so adorable. What a great idea!

  • Marilyn


    Jenny, you have some amazing contributors! I LOVE this twist on the Christmas gingerbread house! I just have this post a shout out in my roundup today! Happy Thursday!

    http://www.4you-withlove.com/2014/02/22-valentines-day-desserts.html

  • Laurie


    Mary Ellen!!!! LOVE IT !!!!! And a Tutorial??? Fantastic!
    Hit it out of the park!!! Shared and Shared all over the place!!!
    Had to share on my blog too!
    http://foodisloverecipes.com/2/post/2014/02/a-valentine-sugar-cookie-house.html

  • Louise


    Would you happen to know the company that made your house cut-outs? I would love to order some

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  • Karren Haller


    This is so cute, great idea for Valentines. Watch for the a feature on The Oh My Heartsie Friday Features this week!!!
    Have a great week, Karren

  • Tally


    Ohhh wow sooo pretty !!!!

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