What to do with the kids 15 December 2020: Build cute Christmas houses with cookies

Looking for something fun to do with the kids? They’ll have so much fun decorating these Christmas houses.


  • 200g packet Tennis biscuits
  • 1½ cups of sweets like Smarties, Jelly Tots, or Astros
  • For the icing
  • 1 1/3 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ tsp lemon juice


  1. For the icing, beat together all the ingredients until light and fluffy. The icing should have the consistency of toothpaste. If it’s too stiff, add more lemon juice. If it’s too runny, add more icing sugar. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a small, round nozzle.
  2. Use the icing to “glue” a biscuit onto a 10cm square cake board to make the floor of the house. Pipe a thick strip of icing onto two opposite sides of the biscuit and stick two biscuits onto the floor to make the walls. Prop the walls up with two glasses, if necessary, to prevent them from falling over before the icing has dried. Repeat with three more houses. Set aside for about one hour to harden.
  3. Pipe a thick strip of icing on the top of the two walls. Glue two biscuits together to create a roof and balance on the two walls to form a house. Repeat with the other three houses. Set aside to harden for two hours. Decorate as desired using the sweets and icing.

Top tip

  • Store these houses in an airtight container. They will keep indefinitely, but will lose their crunch after a few days.
  • Dust icing sugar over the houses to look like snow.

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