Valentine's Day Sugar House
Recipe type: Dessert, Holiday
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Valentine’s Day Sugar House is made using a sugar cookie house and decorated with Valentine's Day candies.
  • 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 ½ cup)
  • Royal Icing
  • 3 level tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar (approx. 1 lb.)
  • 6 tablespoons water
  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 ¼ 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 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.
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