One day in advance: Make 6 candy garlands. Melt 7 oz. of green candy; thicken with 1 or 2 drops of water. Place pattern on board; cover with waxed paper. Using melted candy in cut disposable bag, pipe in pattern with tiny zigzags. Refrigerate for a few minutes, then overpipe. Position cinnamon drop berries and refrigerate until firm.
Also in advance: Make
candy plaque base and mantel. Pour 3 pks. of melted cocoa Candy Melts, 1/2 in. thick in sheet pan; refrigerate until firm, unmold. Bring to room temperature before trimming. Using ruler and knife, cut into 13 x 5 in. base and 13 x 4 in. mantel.
Combine each package of red, green and yellow fondant with 1/4 teaspoon of Gum-Tex. For bows, roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut 6 strips 3 x 1/4 in.; fold ends into center of strip to form loops; attach with damp brush.
For streamers, cut two 3/4 x 1/4 in. strips for each bow. For knot, roll a 1/16 in. ball. Attach streamers and ball with damp brush. Let dry on cornstarch-dusted board.
For holly leaves, roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut 30 leaves using holly cutter from Floral Collection Set. Place on thick foam and score veins using veining tool from set. Let dry on medium flower formers dusted with cornstarch. Cut peppermint sticks for candles: one 4 in., two 3 in. and two 2 1/4 in.
For candle flames, roll out fondant 1/8 in. thick; cut 5 flames using smallest leaf Cut-Out. Let dry on cornstarch-dusted board. Attach to candles with melted candy.
For fireplace flames, combine a small piece of red fondant with a 1/2 in. ball of yellow fondant to make orange; marbleize by kneading in a 1 in. yellow fondant ball. Roll out 1/8 in. thick; cut 8 flames using smallest leaf Cut-Out. Let dry on cornstarch-dusted board.
Make fireplace using 3 recipes of cereal treats. Press double recipe of cereal treats into jelly roll pan, 1 in. high. Unmold and cut into three 11 x 3 3/4 in. wide pieces. Prepare another recipe of cereal treats and press 1 in. high, into half of jelly roll pan, lengthwise. Unmold and cut two 11 x 3 3/4 in. wide pieces. Stack 3 layers together on candy plaque base, attaching with melted white candy.
Cut fireplace opening 5 in. wide x 1 in. deep with paring knife. Cut dowel rods to 3 in. high; insert on each side of opening. Cut a cake board to 10 x 3 in.; position on top of stack. Stack and attach 2 remaining cereal treat layers; insert 2 dowel rods cut to 2 in. high. Roll out black fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut a 5 x 3 in rectangle and attach inside opening with melted white candy. Using melted white candy in cut bag, pipe lines on cereal treat layers to form 1 1/2 in. wide bricks.
Position mantel. For logs, combine light and dark brown fondant. Shape 1/2 in. diameter logs, three 3 1/2 in. long, three 2 in. long and two 1/2 in. long. Score wood lines with knife; attach in fireplace, along with flames, using melted cocoa candy. Shape 1 1/4 x 3/4 in. fondant stones; attach around opening with melted candy. Attach candles, holly leaves, cinnamon drop berries, garlands and bows with melted candy.
Populate your Gingerbread House Village with stand-up cookies made from 3 fun nesting cutter sets. It's fun to personalize these Snowmen, Villagers and Trees with colorful icing, sprinkles and candy. Stand them up with a cardboard easel.
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