Earl Grey Woodland Cookie Cottage
In a departure from the classic gingerbread-and-gumdrops house, this miniature replica of the Little House on Martha's farm is subtly Scandinavian in style. Its blond walls are made of sugar-cookie dough flavored with Earl Grey tea; the lit-from-within windows get their glow from caramel and LED votives placed underneath. Fresh rosemary and thyme were used to make the surrounding greenery garnishes. Before beginning, print and cut out the templates here. Note that you need to make two separate batches of caramel—one for the windows, and another to glue the walls of the house together.
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You can purchase the gum-paste mushrooms seen in the photo at jasonschreiber.com.
To make rosemary trees, group together 3 or 4 thick-stemmed rosemary sprigs; wrap with floral wire 1/2 inch from base of stems. Trim woody ends so they’re even. Flip upside- down to create tree. Trim leafy ends so tree stands upright. Repeat with more rosemary.
To make a thyme wreath, layer several sprigs of thyme, overlapping at ends slightly to create a garland 8 inches long. Wrap with floral wire; twist into a wreath. Once hung on house, add peppercorns (as “berries”).