Don't let gingerbread houses have all the holiday fun! These sugar-cookie houses with peppermint-candy windows are just as festive and crowd-pleasing.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Tint dough with food color as desired. Shape dough into 2 disks, and wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

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  • Roll out 1 disk on a lightly floured piece of parchment to a 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness. Repeat with remaining disk. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

  • Using a 2 3/4-inch square cutter, cut out squares. Cut some squares in half on the diagonal to form triangles (for roof). Overlap squares and triangles to form houses. Using a small fluted cutter (for window), cut out rounds within roofs where you want "stained glass" to appear. Using a small rectangular cutter (for door), cut out rectangles within houses. Working with dough in a contrasting color, use the same rectangular cutter to cut out puzzle pieces that fit within cutouts. Using a #12 Ateco pastry tip (for door knob), cut out circles. Transfer all shapes and pieces to parchment-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Fit puzzle pieces into cookies. Refrigerate 30 minutes more.

  • Bake 4 minutes. Fill windows with candy. Bake until cookies are firm and candies are melted, 5 to 11 minutes more. Transfer sheets to wire racks; let cool completely. Affix circles to doors using a dot of glaze.

Variations

Try one of our cutout cookie variations: Stained-Glass Snowmen, Stained-Glass Wreaths, Sugared Wreaths, Fluted Wreaths, and Christmas Trees.

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