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In the Doghouse

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Ingredients:

edge icing

9 square graham crackers

blue food coloring

1 large marshmallow

1 small gingersnap cookie

flood icing

1 brown jelly bean

2 mini chocolate chips

1 chocolate chew

1 round fruit candy

1 sour candy strip

Step By Step Instructions:

  1. Place most of the edge icing in a piping bag. Leave a small amount in a bowl. Pipe this white icing around the sides of one graham cracker. Place the cracker flat on a piece of wax paper.
  2. Pipe around all four sides of the next graham cracker, and glue it upright to one side of the base. Repeat with the other three sides, gently squeezing them together.
  3. Cut one of the graham cracker squares in half to form two triangles. Edge each with icing and place one on top of the front “wall” and one on the back wall.
  4. Pipe around the last two crackers and place them on the triangles to make a roof.
  5. Let the doghouse sit for 15 minutes. Then pipe icing on the roof to make icicles.
  6. Tint the bowl of icing with blue food coloring. Put in a piping bag.
  7. Cut the last cracker into fourths. Pipe your puppy’s name on one of the cracker pieces. Glue the name tag to the roof with white icing. Set the house aside to harden for about an hour.
  8. To make your puppy, cut the large marshmallow in half. Use edge icing to glue a marshmallow half onto the cookie as a snout.
  9. Spoon white flood icing over the marshmallow and cookie. Stick on the jelly beans as a nose and the two chocolate chips for eyes.
  10. Warm the chocolate chew in the microwave for five seconds. Place it between two pieces of wax paper and roll it flat with a rolling pin. Cut two ear shapes from the candy, and place them on the dog’s head.
  11. Place a red fruit candy on the side of the snout for a tongue.
  12. Let your puppy harden for about an hour. Then glue him on the front of the doghouse with some edge frosting.
  13. Cut the sour candy strip into a hat shape. Glue it to the dog’s head with a little icing. Trim the ends of the candy strip to look like a scarf. Tuck these under his neck with a little edge frosting.

Tip: In this project, the icing in the piping bag will sit between uses. The icing may harden and clog up the tip. To prevent this, wet a paper towel and put it in the bottom of a glass. Place your piping bag in the glass so the tip sits on the wet towel.

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons meringue powder
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 to 2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar

Step By Step Instructions:

With a mixer on high, blend the ingredients together in a bowl for about four to five minutes. The icing is the right consistency when it forms little peaks that hold their shape.

Step By Step Instructions:

Make a batch of edge icing. Then add water ½ teaspoon at a time, blending after each addition. The icing is ready when drips hold their shape for just a moment before they blend back into the icing.

Tip:

Keep icing in an airtight container when you’re not using it. If you don’t, a crust will start to form on the top. You can keep icing for about a week at room temperature. Rewhip before you use it.

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