I think one thing we all share is the love of Christmas cookies. My problem is that I love them too much! Sugar, chocolate chip, candy cane, oatmeal; it doesn't matter. I am an equal opportunity eater! I have never been too adventuresome in my own cookie baking. However, for Christmas, 1988, my husband and I decided to come up with something fun to do with our 2 year old and it actually worked out pretty nicely!
I had always wanted to make a gingerbread house, but it seemed a little bit more difficult than what I was ready to try. So, we decided to try a scaled down, simple version using square shortbread cookies from the store. We bought several packages of "Lorna Doone" type cookies, cans of ready made frosting, tubes of decorator frosting, and various "ornamental" candies such as tiny cinnamon candies, sprinkles, etc.
Starting with a cookie base, we used the decorator icing as our "cement", holding the sides of the houses to the base and to each other. The most difficult part was forming the triangled roof. It was a little messy holding the cookies together until the frosting hardened enough to keep them in place, but that was the fun part. Once the houses were together, we decorated them in various ways. A few we gave to friends whose houses we "replicated" in frosting! It made quite an impression when had our display sitting on the dessert tables on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Everyone liked them so much that they didn't want to eat them!
We have never done this again, but just thinking about it makes me want to give it another try!