Have you watched House Hunters on HGVT? Of course, you have. No doubt America’s realtors wish they only had to show three houses to a potential buyer from which to choose. Selling real estate is one area where I do not possess the patience the career requires. 'No stainless steel appliances … ugh, carpet, I really want hardwood floors … no walk-in closets … ah, electric stove, I want a gas stove … no granite countertops… we can hear the traffic noise from the backyard … the neighbors are too close … not enough bedrooms, the kids need their own rooms … ah, no fireplace in the family room … that’s a deal-breaker.'  Every now and then the realtor talks to the camera and laments ‘I’ve shown over 50 homes and they need to compromise as their budget cannot afford all the items on their wish list.’

In this area there are multitudes of job opportunities in government and the private sector. Add to that political elections and military personnel. So moving vans are a common sight in neighborhoods in the Washington DC Metro Area. Relocating is exciting, challenging and stressful. I recently filled an order of cookies for a realtor who specializes in military families moving from out of town. As a welcome gift at closing she gives the family a batch of personalized decorated cookies to match the colors of their new house. How nice!

See how various accent colors give this cookie its own unique look

New Home Cookies
House Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for detail tinted Dark Green with AmeriColor Leaf Green, AmeriColor Royal Blue and AmeriColor Super Black (just a smidge of black)
Royal Icing for detail tinted Purple with AmeriColor Regal Purple
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Decorating Star Tips #24, #16
White Luster Dust
CK White Sanding Sugar
Meringue Powder

Outline window with #2 tip in white icing. 
Outline rest of cookie except chimney with #2 tip in white icing.

Flood cookie with white icing. Let sit 30 minutes.

Pipe chimney and windowpanes with #2 tip in white outline icing. Let dry overnight.
Gently apply white luster dust with paintbrush to window.

Pipe roof with star tip #24 in green icing.
Pipe window shutters with star tip #16 in green icing.

Pipe door and knob with #2 in green icing. Let dry overnight.

Mix 1 tsp Meringue Powder and Tsp Water. Stir until smooth.

Using a paintbrush apply to white icing on house.
Sprinkle with white sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess. Let dry 30 minutes.






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  1. Hi Joan,
    I'm ready to move in!!
    As always the cookies are lovely!!
    Cousin Kat

    1. Kathy, Thank you! Which house would you prefer, green or purple?

  2. the log cabin ones are my favorite!

    1. Mam, The log cabin is a favorite of mine too.

  3. House Hunters is one of Steve and my guilty pleasures - we love looking at houses! When we finally buy, we'll have to place an order with you for our housewarming party!!

    1. Hi Kat, These will be a nice goodie for any housewarming party. Thanks for commenting.

  4. What a cute collection of cookies. I love that the realtor is doing this for her new clients. Sweet idea :)

    1. Paula, Thank you and I think this realtor is rare to give such sweet gifts. The order was for two families closing on their new homes. One was a dozen and the other, two dozen. Lots of cookies!

  5. Beautiful cookies as always and what a great housewarming gift. We just listed my dad's house on the market... I hope it sells fast and wish we could give the new home owners these cookies!

    1. Deb, Thank you and I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Good luck with the sale of your Dad's house.


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