Use both the cookies and the cookie boxes to create this amazing holiday house!
What You Need
Carefully open one end of each cookie box. Remove the cookies and the white paper trays from both boxes.
Place the boxes back-to-back with the open ends up and tape the boxes together.
Draw a line horizontally across the front of each box 5 1/2 inches from the bottom. Using scissors, cut down at each outside corner to meet the line.
Bend the front of each box in at the line, at an angle, and tape to hold. Trim the sides at an angle so the boxes resemble a milk carton with an enlongated top. Cover the "house" with heavy-duty aluminum foil and tape to hold.
Flatten the white paper trays. Tape the long sides of the flattened trays together, overlapping by about 2 inches, to make a large rectangle. Trim the rectangle to 11x6-inches. This will be the roof of the house. Fold the paper rectangle in half crosswise to create a crease at the center. Cover with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Do not attach the roof until after the house is covered with cookies.
Beat the confectioners' sugar, meringue powder and water in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed for 3 minutes or until the mixture is thick and creamy. Spoon the icing into an airtight container. Keep covered when not in use.
Set the house on a large rimmed baking sheet. Spread a layer of icing on one side of the house. Press 6 Bordeaux cookies into the icing, arranging horizontally in 2 rows of 3 cookies each. Let dry for 30 minutes. Repeat with the other side of the house.
Spread a layer of icing on the front of the house. Press 6 Bordeaux cookies into the icing, arranging vertically in 3 rows of 2 cookies each. You may need to trim an additional cookie to fit if there is a gap at the very top. Let dry for 30 minutes. Repeat with the back of the house. Let dry for 2 hours.
Using icing as "glue" attach the roof to the house. Pipe icing across the bottom of one side of the roof. Press 4 Chessmen cookies into the icing. Repeat with 2 more rows of icing and cookies, with each row slightly overlapping the one below to resemble shingles. Repeat with the opposite side of the roof. Let dry for 2 hours.
Using icing as "glue", attach Milano "steps" and "doors" and Brussels "windows" to the house and decorate with the candies. Use leftover icing to make "icicles". Sprinkle the baking sheet with coconut "snow". Add a path to the door using Geneva cookies. Arrange the Ginger Family cookies in the "snow".